Taking Value in Anonymity

Treat yourself in a unique way to start 2016. Go to Crackle.com and enjoy Jerry Seinfeld drinking coffee with President Obama. No, it doesn't matter whether you like either of them. There are some pretty funny moments in the 19-minute webisode. Neither guy gives the other any slack. And, spoiler alert, they can't leave the White House premises to go get coffee. Most importantly, keep your ears peeled for this quote by President Obama:

Anonymity is not something you think about as being valuable.

I've been meditating on this for a while now. From my early halcyon days I was an aspiring first baseman for the Seattle Mariners. In my 20s, I had dreams of being lead guitarist for Van Halen. All my life I've wanted to be famous. I wanted people to recognize me. I wanted to be cool on TV. Turns out there's another guy with my name who's cool on TV. He's tanned, handsome, in good shape, and took my .com. Jerk. When you search for me on Google, he pops up, not me. He's the guy who's on the covers of fitness magazines. He's the one who has "bestselling books." Not me.

Used to turn me a deep shade of green from envy. But the more I think about the POTUS talking about, almost lamenting, his loss of anonymity, his inability to simply be when out and about and not create a recognizable disruption, I find that I am blessed to not have the other guy's fame. Something that I regard with value. Because once you're famous, you can't go back. Ever.