The problem with fame and fortune

Fame and fortune appear to be a real problem for the everyday human to manage. It seems that when these two gifts arrive, they set off a chain of catastrophe: addictions, broken relationships, poor behaviour. And well, you know, you’ve seen and heard it too.

But every now and again, we see a life of grace and humility and steadfastness from someone living the public life. And it does our heart good. It chips away at the cynicism and disillusionment we can feel towards public accomplishment.

And one of those people is Hugh Jackman. I love the fact that he came to Australia as a ‘ten pound Pom’, gained his performing arts training in Perth, made it on the big screen with X-Men and has since returned to the stage showcasing his voice and personality as much as his acting talent. I love his down to earth ways and commitment to philanthropy and the environment. And I love the fact that he met and married his wife back in 1996 – and more than twenty years later it’s still a thriving partnership.

It’s not all doom and gloom. Fame and fortune don’t have to destroy you. It’s simply that for most of us they expose our vulnerabilities. And need be treated with wariness and care, not entitlement and superiority. And I don’t think that’s an easy perspective to manage.

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.