Anonymity is underrated. Fame is thriving in our globalized world. More people are more famous than ever. People are trying to be famous every day, to capture the attention of society online and in life. But blending in is a luxury too.
When you’ve never stood out on a constant basis, it’s easy to forget that you have this luxury. It’s a given. But living in a place for two years where I’m constantly recognized and stared at in public gave me some perspective. Back home and in college, I could easily find a place to go where nobody would know me. And catching someone’s attention would even be fun.
Now, I wish no one could see me when I go outside. It’s weird how just having nobody notice you can be so freeing. There’s a sense of humanity you connect to when you can just feel like everyone else. There’s less pressure. A feeling of solitude in a crowd is unlike any other aloneness.
I’m not famous by any means, but I relate it to that because fame is so overrated in our society. I think that’s something a lot of people can relate to. But standing out has its drawbacks. I don’t mind being the center of attention from time to time, but being it all the time is exhausting. I just want to be nobody again.