taylor rileyOWENSBORO, Ky. (12/19/13) — You are standing center stage, knees wobbling. The screams coming from your loyal fans are muffled by the amplification of your anxious heartbeat while harsh lights burn your retinas. A feeling rushes over you that you may have died and gone to a place not of this world.

The spotlight might seem like this to you . . . if you’re Ke$ha. But, to most of us, this isn’t reality. In reality, though, the spotlight comes in many forms — having your work published on a website or other publication, speaking in front of a large crowd at school or at work, or even posting an opinion to social media.

The spotlight can be a rush of excitement, but can also have negative consequences. Whatever you write or say in front of an audience, whether it is 1,000 or just one person, can and will be heard. The more people there are, the more people that are going to hear it.

Whether you are in the public eye or you are just 140-characters deep on Twitter, you should not be surprised when your controversial opinions are being talked about — you are inviting criticism. When you put an opinion out there, especially in the fast-paced, social society we live in today, there will be consequences — whether positive or otherwise.

Be careful what you say, or don’t; it’s ultimately up to you. You have the right to your own opinion and have the right to say it whenever you want. Just know, when you put your words out there for people to hear or read, you are in the spotlight whether you want to be or not.

Since you are now in the same category as Ke$ha now (LOL well, maybe not), there are ways to deal with the spotlight. Keep this quote from the popular Hunger Games trilogy in mind, “They’ll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you.”

Have an opinion, because that means you are a human-being; express it because that means you are an American; and revel in it, because that means you believe in something.

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14

In Other News...

Shop Local Christian County Year-Long Campaign Launches Today

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (4/23/15) — The Christian County Chamber of Commerce is launching a year-long Shop Local message… Read More

Teaching, Coaching Celebration Planned for Bobby Fox

NEBO, Ky. (4/24/15) — There will be a teaching and coaching tribute celebration for Hopkins County teacher Bobby Fox at… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 11621

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 7166

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 5712

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 20, 2015 4819

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 22, 2015 3960

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 22,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 11621

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8776

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 23, 2015 7166

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 3701

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 1510

Carhartt Madisonville Honored with Governor's…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 1281

Family Business Start up Becomes Successful…

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 1224

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - April 23,…

by SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 1031

Man Sentenced for Robbing Family While at Son's…

by Attorney General Conway
April 23, 2015 967

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 820

SurfKY Spotlight: Sunshine Garden Center

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 733

Regional Eighth Grade Math Contest Held

by Joyce Riggs
April 23, 2015 640

Accident Snarls I24 Traffic in Christian County

by Keith Todd