I have a confession to make...
I'm turning into my mother.
I don't know when it happened.
It's showing up in little ways.
I can't remember certain words or the names of things I've known my whole life.
I'll ask for a stapler, for example, but instead of saying "stapler" I'll call it "the thing-a-ma-jig" or "the whosie what's-it that keeps papers together..."
I'm not hip anymore. Okay, I never was. But now it's really bad.
I'm not current on anything current...
Mention the latest popular reality TV show and I have no idea what you're talking about.
Point out the latest fashion models or movie stars and I've never heard of them. (It's cool - I'm sure they haven't heard of me, either. :))
Seriously - I have no idea who most of the people are in "People."
And I'm way behind when it comes to popular music. (And don't get me started with technology - I still don't have an iPod, and have yet to download a single song
from ITunes. Yeah, it's bad...)
But believe it or not, I know who Katy Perry is.
Why? Because my 17-year-old niece (who happens to be extremely hip and oh-so-current) showed me one of her videos a couple of years ago. And we both love
Why? Because she's so positive...
Really. Check out her "Firework" video and you'll see what I mean.
It's easy to want to roll your eyes and turn away from Katy ... with her amazing figure, ridiculously short skirts, nose-bleed inducing high-heels, and bubble gum song lyrics, you could dismiss her at first blush.
(She sang "Yesterday" on the recent Fiftieth Anniversary of the Beatles coming to America special - and was AH-MAZE-ING...)
In doing research on Katy, I was even more impressed with her personal story.
As is typical, this seeming "overnight success" worked really hard for a long time before "making it" - and had several dashed dreams along her road to fame and fortune.
According to Wikipedia, Katy's been nominated for nine Grammy Awards and was named by Billboard as 2012's Woman of the Year. She's sold 11 million albums and 75 million digital tracks worldwide. (Gulp!)
She's released her own fragrance, Purr. She has also made her film debut, voicing Smurfette in The Smurfs (2011). She was spotlighted in her own 3D biopic-concert film, "Part of Me" (2012).
The only thing Katy hasn't seemed to figure out is love. (Know the feeling?)