I had an appointment at the hair salon today. As I drove to the salon, people on the radio were endlessly chatting about American Idol. Once I arrived, all of the stylists and fellow customers were all abuzz about their favorite performer. Everywhere I go, people constantly talk about this show and the people on it.
I don’t watch it….except, of course, when Barry Manilow is a guest. Even then, I don’t watch the live show; I’ll let my trusty TiVo record it for me.
I understand the popularity of the show. What I don’t understand is why people get so caught up in the dreams of other people and yet are so unwilling to do anything about their own dreams. Most people I know get up in the morning, go to work, go home, have dinner, veg out in front of the TV (perhaps watching the aforementioned show) and go to bed so they can get up the next day and do it all over again.
They live for the weekends, which are taken up with all the errands and chores that they didn’t have the time or energy to do during the week. When I ask people about their dreams, they often give me blank stares. They either don’t have dreams and goals or do little toward accomplishing them.
I’d like to remind everyone:
I wish the contestants on American Idol every success and joy in life. However, I am much more interested in the pursuit and attainment of my own goals and dreams to be too concerned with theirs.
Drew Commins says
Here here! AI is one of the most “fluff” type shows on TV today and I, too refuse to watch it, except for the TiVo’d episodes we have when Barry was on 🙂
Mary McKitrick says
Well Karen, I thought I couldn’t care less about American Idol, but when I heard this morning that Taylor Hicks had won, I discovered that I did care, after all! The one time I took a peek at the show was a few weeks ago, and Taylor performed. I quite enjoyed his antics on the stage, and the non-Simon judges did too. And then the inevitable – it was Simon’s turn to offer his trademark, ego-deflating pronouncement on Taylor’s performance. His word? “ridiculous”. So the shallow, petty side of my personality came through when I learned that this “ridiculous” performer gets the top honor on the fluffy American Idol. Stick it to Simon!!!
And besides, Taylor is cute AND has grey hair. How cool is that?