"I'd rather be a fake somebody than a real nobody." ~Tom Ripley, played by Matt Damon, The Talented Mr. Ripley.
I've never seen the movie, but doesn't that sum it up for many people? It's what we convey when we say we want to go out of here with a bang. That could mean leaving the party or it could refer to dying, but all we seem concerned about is getting noticed.
Since the movie came out 13 years ago, I am positive some smart writer has already switched the quote around and discussed how being a real somebody is the best option, but the alternative is a fake nobody.
That may be where most people end up.
Let's face it, getting your 15 minutes of fame is easier said than done. Even once you achieve it, there is no telling if that is the genuine you we are seeing, or a fake. So most people will be stuck in between, playing their part but not getting any attention for it.
That is a tragedy, one I am not willing to risk. I think we should all stand up and shout to the world, 'Hey everybody, this is who I am.' Then we should be satisfied with the outcome.
What else would you tell the world?