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You Cannot Buy Happiness In A Fishbowl

Brew yourself a cup of tea or pour a glass of wine—I have got a lot to say today about Bravo TV’s Married to Medicine  and about what people are saying about me.

I say not one of us can live our life in a fishbowl and expect every side we show to be the magazine cover shot. I expected that much.

Illana Angel wrote in the Jewish Journal : “We have all done and said things that we wish we didn’t, the difference is that it is not caught on film”

I chose to be in the fishbowl and swim with the sharks to become a celebrity yes, but not simply for the sake of fame.  I agreed to put “my life before the cameras,” as Lori Acken from Zap2it says to bring awareness to Thriving Children  and Doctors Without Borders, the charities that are near and dear to me.

What I did not expect was the cattiness of cast members or the level of animosity from the fans—especially Quad’s  supporters who wrote vile comments on my Bravo blog , comparing me to “pure breed dogs” and other hateful things. What I have been experiencing is nothing short of cyberbullying.

I admit that I am no innocent. I have had my slips of the tongue that contributed to what the Hollywood Reporter   calls “negative behavior” in their review of the show. The issue I have is with people who are bitter and mean-spirited. I do not like it when people say unkind things about me, but I cannot stop them or change who they think I am.

Here is the reality whether you are on television or not: each of us wakes up in the morning hair smashed from the pillow, eyes puffy from sleep, and teeth in need of brushing. The reflection we see in the mirror is not always pretty, but the person looking back at you is inside and the real question is do you like who you see, not what you see.

No amount of money can change the person you are inside—money makes life better not you better.  At the end of the day, I know who I am and I like who I am.

I agree with Goldie Hawn, someone who has capitalized on her fame to further her philanthropy: “The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.”

 

 

May 15, 2013

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