The ordinary person is mindful of his private life and thus is cautious of what details of his life is known to his family, friends and the general public. Celebrities fortunately or unfortunately can’t enjoy the privacy of their affairs-one of the weights of the crown they have to bear. For some, the buzz of personal details is what keeps them relevant and being talked about on the airwaves. For others, it destroys their image and buries their career six feet down. Talk of a double-edged sword.
To the average person on the street, whatever he decides to do with his money or whoever he decides to hook up with is none of anyone’s business. But of course, every society is occupied with some notorious gossips and inquisitive beings who rely on people’s life stories to survive as if it is their oxygen.
Admittedly, details of one’s love life is juicier news to listen to than that of one’s financial life for those with ticklish ears. Hearing or reading about the cheating scandals of famous people can give one something to talk about and forget one’s own personal troubles for a while. But it would definitely be a living nightmare for those whose lives serve as entertainment dishes for everyone to chew on.
Hearing stories of people’s financial lifestyle is rather helpful. It either urges you on to work harder to live the comfortable kind of life that your mentor or an admired celebrity is enjoying at the moment or it advises you on how to spend and invest your money so you don’t end up broke or in debt like some financially unwise celebrities.
When you have personal details involving your love life being the topic of discussion in every household, one stands the risk of being judged wrongly. One might have good intentions for dating or marrying another person and may be blindsided by the partner’s horrible flaws only to be branded as emotionally careless or shallow because details of their relationship surfaced into the news. Issues of intimacy and relationships are deeply personal and having details of them floating in public can be emotionally damaging and detrimental to one’s self-esteem. For those who deliberately leak such info so they can trend on social media, well, I may never understand their reasons for choosing to damage themselves to win approval from people who care less about their welfare.
As private as I am, I’d prefer to keep both details of my financial and love life to myself. But if I have to forfeit one, I’d choose the financial details. After all, I don’t plan to do any outrageous spending to attract talk so no one would really bother following up on my financial life. My love life is totally out of bounds. Let everyone mind his own business and we’d have a more peaceful world to live in.
What part of your life do you consider private enough to keep to yourself and which one would you not mind sharing with the public? Why is that? I will love to read your thoughts!
© Josephine Amoako 2016