Sarah G’s Break Down: A Life Lesson

Breaking off in the middle of her Las Vegas “This 15 Me” concert, an emotional Sarah Geronimo spoke to her fans as she revealed the pressure and the emptiness she felt throughout her glamorous 15-year career.

Sarah G, as she is popularly known, took to the stage her feelings as she revealed that the pressures to do good, to be a role model, and to be perfect has exhausted her. Good hits and successful shows do not mean a more fulfilling life.

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Many young Filipinas aspire to be like Sarah. Hers is quite the rags-to-riches, hard work-to-success story. Battling through so many singing contests and finally getting her break from “Star for a Night”, she has become an artist of caliber, serenading us with her voice and charming us with her acting.

At some point, the peak of stardom is not all rainbows and red carpets but more like a golden cage. The moment an artist reaches mass popularity her life begins to get owned by the crowds and critics. Expectations become more challenging to manage and there is the threat of perennial intrigues.

Fame and fortune can buy you happiness. But fulfillment is another matter.

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We’ve always been taught to work hard to be successful, to acquire greater material resources. The successful life means to be at ease in a life of comfort and luxury. But truth be told, so many rich, famous, powerful people—successful people—have told us time and again that these do not really make a life. Life becomes more convenient but not fulfilling.

So rather than work hard to be successful, improve yourself to be fulfilled. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is our teachers. Underpaid, overworked, but still they endure in molding minds. Often unappreciated and harassed by grade-obsessed parents, they still find time to give time and kind attention. They endure and stay, despite better opportunities, because they find themselves fulfilled in teaching.

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Sarah’s break down reminds me of a quote from Hollywood star Jim Carrey, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see it’s not the answer.”

Say, my friend, are you fulfilled?

Dom Balmes

Dom writes for pay by day and writes for passion by night. He is a Japan major at the University of the Philippines. He’s fond of ramen and anime but not of nice people.

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