About a week or so ago, I wrote this post about the people we look up to and how we should learn from the mistakes of others. There are a lot of kids and teenagers out there who look up to celebrities, and this can be a good or a bad thing. Some celebrities (like recent American Idol winner Scotty McCreery) are living their lives in a decent way, not letting fame get to their heads and still focusing on the things that are truly important in life. Other celebrities, like Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, etc., get involved with drugs and completely destroy their lives and reputations.
Over the past year and a half or so, I’ve been reading quite a few celebrity memoirs or books written by famous people, and they are rather interesting, although it’s difficult to tell whether or not the person who did most of the writing is the famous person or the ghostwriter. I recently read Got the Life, a memoir by Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, the bass player for the nu-metal band KoRn.
As KoRn’s popularity grew, Fieldy developed the stereotypical “rock star” mentality: get drunk, get high, seduce women, and have no regrets. Overtime, he began to realize that his life was empty, although he was wealthy and had all the trappings of the coveted rock star lifestyle. When his father passed away, he found God, and began to revamp his life. He gave up drinking and drugs, made amends with friends he had spurned in the past, and became a better father to his children.
A lot of teenagers these days look up to rock stars and want (or admire) the seemingly carefree lifestyle that they have. But, as Fieldy’s book states, there is a right way and a wrong way to handle fame. I don’t think the book was as much about finding God and redemption as it was about learning a few lessons: Keep your humility about you, don’t fall into the trap of drugs, don’t take your loved ones for granted, and always be grateful to those who have helped you on your way to success.
More so than any celebrity memoir I’ve read in the past year or so, Fieldy’s book is thought-provoking and heartfelt and would be a fast, easy read for the YA crowd, so I would highly recommend it.