OMG. I cannot believe you’re reading this right now. You are so famous! I’m such a huge fan of your work. Can we take a selfie for my Instagram? I know you must get this all the time. I mean how do you manage to make it out of the house without getting mobbed by paparazzi? I honestly don’t know how you do it. But it is such an honor that you’re reading these words.
I bet you never even thought that you would be famous right? I mean did you ever imagine that out of 67,000 applications to California medical schools you would be one of the 1,200 people to actually attend? How does it feel to live your dream? Also my palms are sweating. What can I say, you’re a little intimidating.
I hope that you’re having a lot of fun being famous. Goofing around, playing sports or music with friends, going out to eat at new places, taking silly photos and being in silly videos. Visiting the snow, having really wonderful and fulfilling conversations. Being famous must be kind of awesome. And I hope you are having the time of your life.
But its also a lot of hard work. Sometimes it probably doesn’t seem like fun. You must function under a great deal of pressure. You have obligations and projects, things to do and people to please. Think about how many people are counting on you. You stay up late and get up early and sometimes it must feel as though there is no rest- you hard worker you.
Famous people also have to go places and do things even when they’d rather not. Even when they are sick or tired or sick and tired as the case may be. Harry Styles (a member of the band One Direction—if you’ve been living under a rock) was infamously seen vomiting behind stage at a concert. You can’t really take a sick day—maybe a sick couple of hours, but that’s pushing it. You have to brush your hair and put pants on and show up for everyone who is counting on you. The price of fame I suppose. Damn you’re looking good in that white coat. Its so bright it hurts my eyes.
You have a pretty intense crew of hard core fans in case you haven’t noticed. How does it feel to have so many people cheering for you? We sometimes can’t see the effort behind your success—because you look so damn good doing it. If you need anything remember that your fans are always with you—ready to help however we can. And in turn you have to call them back, or text them and visit them or have them visit you (they will probably bring you food). Give them a shout out on Twitter every once and a while. Being your devoted fan is amazing, but it also requires dedication and commitment. You’re welcome. Your fans are also incredibly proud of you. Harry Styles’ Mom said in their authorized biopic This is Us, “sometimes you’re so proud, your heart could burst.” So remember, your fans have made you famous and we love you a lot.
You might not be feeling very famous right now. You might not have even realized how amazing and accomplished you are or just how far you have come in your rise to fame. Maybe you’ve been feeling small, or questioning whether the work you do even matters.
Fear not my famous friend. Do you know who won the Pulitzer in 2012 or who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry? Can you name the winning Super Bowl team from 1999 or the musicians whose records went platinum or authors on the New York Times best sellers list? You can’t, can you? And don't google it you cheater.
But do you know who rocks out on the fourth floor lounge in the mornings? Or who is always down to play basketball or foosball or ping pong? Who posts helpful resources or fixes your computer when it breaks? Who can you always count on to be there for a good venting session? Or to pick your lazy ass up? Or to dance party with you? Or to just hold you after a long day without expectation that you do anything for them in return?
These are the famous ones. And you are famous to me. I see your achievements. I see you leaving the library late a night and returning early in the morning. I see you show patience when it would be easier to lose your cool. I see you being a team player and encouraging others. I see you go out of your way to help. Every. Damn. Day. And I see your dedication to constantly learning and improving and growing. You are role models to your communities and to me.
Is it any wonder I’m star struck?