It is a shame if you are a sham.
For true recognition drop the act, be yourself. Pretending to be something you are not is not a good idea. Because we cannot take the credit, the applause go to the actor. We know we are pretending and we cannot deceive our self. We cannot feel right about a complement when we know we do not deserve it. We have to earn it to enjoy it.
To be trusted we have to be trustworthy and honest. To be respected we must be respectable. To be loved we must give love. Our lives reflect our actions.
All the acting, the splendid performance, is for nothing when we know we are not the hero. We know when we are a minor part of a performance, we need to get real.
Our ego is the villain in the act, wanting the applause by fair means or foul. The ego is not really you and when you realize this, the acting ends. Reality takes place no more stage props are needed. The powder and paint, the fancy garments are not necessary. We can be our self and relax. All the costly stage props advertised to tempt our ego are unnecessary. We are free to make our own choices of what we need. Not what a greedy ego wants as a status symbol.
Being an actor is not an easy job. It is like being a politician. You have to learn your lines and be in the limelight under the public scrutiny. All the publicity and hype can be overwhelming. Just too much for the ego that now cries out for peace and quiet.
The ego can never be satisfied whether it gets what it wants or not it is unsatisfied.
We need quiet time to appreciate the beauty of reality, to clear our mind of worrying thoughts that disrupt our contentment. Time to savour, chew and digest the nourishment, if greedily gobbled down the goodness is lost.
Slow down, life is not an action movie full of turbulence. With understanding it can be an enjoyable true love story. Not an unreal hectic TV romance. That is not what we need, we need the real thing. It is no good acting, you have to honestly carry out those noble deeds. That is what is needed to get true joy in life.