Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Spaghetti is No Path to Success


A recent “entertainment” magazine article detailed a horrifying childhood of a popular actress. Before I go too far, I want to warn you that the images you’ll see and the story you’ll read is NOT for the faint of heart.

You’ve been duly warned….

Selena Gomez once had to eat dollar store spaghetti.

Like…as food.

I'm pretty sure this is "OK!" magazine..but it's Tuesday and
facts are irrelevant.

She actually GREW UP eating dollar store spaghetti and, if we're to believe the memories that survived that harrowing time: lots of macaroni and cheese. All of this during a time when, according to the article, her mother had to scrape loose change from the seats of their car to buy gas.

I personally had no idea Selena was old enough to come from a time when loose change could still buy gas.

Now, as we all know, Selena has done pretty well for herself. But this didn’t happen in a vacuum…heavens no. The article goes on to describe her mother waking up at the unfathomable hour of 6:15 every morning and sending the young Miss Gomez to school.


That’s well before most teenagers choose to wake up, and so I hope now you’re beginning to see the hard work it took that family to rise to the level of wealth and success they’ve attained.

They did this “EVERY DAY” according to the story.

Sometimes it’s easy to sit back in life and wish it would all come to you, easily and without all the elbow grease (idiom!). But it’s so great to hear real life stories of how people defied the odds and made it in this world with nothing but a food that has fueled an entire Mediterranean region for hundreds of years, and some loose change to fuel the car that every human living in abject poverty drives.

I’d say that we should all give them a round of applause, but I think they might be used to it by now.

1 comment:

  1. I heard that she went on a hunger strike to bring attention to the plight of the less fortunate. Or at least I think that's why she stopped eating.