On Realness: Selena Gomez

September 14, 2017

On Realness: Selena Gomez

I don't often write about "celebrities" (maybe i should more often, i'm not really a commentator) and i apologize for this post being a little all over the place. After reading about Selena Gomez and her kidney transplant, it does go to show that they are people just like us. I'm sure a lot of people are seeing her, in a positive way, in a different light right now. That she is not someone to idolize over superficial traits. That she is someone to be respected for the good they do or be shown compassion for the things that they go through. Just like anyone else. Now, i will say that many entertainment figures are self-centered and look down upon us "commoners", but plenty of them are worthy of respect and they are the ones that should stand out. That being the ones that do not see themselves as being above you.

Selena Gomez is clearly one of these people. The humble ones that don't see themselves as being above anyone or of a different societal 'class'.

I've been a "fan" of her music and tv and movie roles for years now. Going all the way back to Wizards of Waverly Place. One of my favorite film roles that she's in is in The Fundamentals of Caring. Now i won't say i'm some massive fan, don't really have the time for that, but i have a lot of respect for her and standing strong with the things she's going through. All the while she stays open with her fans and communicates openly with them. Doing it despite the things that she's going through and the difficulties of getting her voice out there unfiltered. And it's even worse with social media.

I won't say that her Instagram post about her kidney transplant was brave because that would be cheapening it and just throwing out an insincere term. What she did, by directly putting what she's going through out there, makes her real. That she doesn't see herself as above her fans and others. In interviews she has been upfront about a lot of things. With this age of social media we seem to have this illusion that the amount of followers actually equates to having more/a lot of friends in real life too. It doesn't. Even Selena Gomez, despite her popular, has only a small group of friends (as she's said in interviews) that she's close with.

Social media, while great, is better when we limit our efforts of connections on it and only seek what's beneficial to us. Not in terms of connections but more about limiting the information we take in and not overwhelming ourselves with the bombardment. Her use of social media is social media done right though. She doesn't use it as a platform to post short blurbs and a photo. She actually writes and shares what's on her mind a lot of the time. Reaching out to people is how we should be using social media instead of talking @ people. Even if it's just one person that you feel you have many things in common with.

I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: https://www.lupusresearch.org -by grace through faith
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