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

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.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.

Most Read This Week

May 27, 2015 7422

VIDEO: Sparks Fly Over Hanson Rezoning Issue

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 30, 2015 7122

Study of Virus Attack on Cancer Sees Success

by Julie Heflin
May 28, 2015 6543

Four Charged with Burglary for Entering Elderly…

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 4278

Midnight Ride on Rabbit Ridge Ends in Jail

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 3843

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - May 27, 2015

by Crime Stoppers

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 11334

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 9388

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

June 01, 2015 1546

Authorities Discover Meth Lab While Assisting…

by SurfKY News
May 31, 2015 1516

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 1297

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
June 02, 2015 1182

Two Muhlenberg Women Injured in Collision

by SurfKY News
June 02, 2015 1150

Woman Charged with Falsely Reporting Kidnapping

by SurfKY News
May 31, 2015 1108

Survivors, Caregivers, Supporters Gather for…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 1085

Human Relations Coordinator Identifies Possible…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
June 02, 2015 986

Traffic Signal at Intersection in Downtown…

by Keith Todd
June 02, 2015 973

Juveniles Accused of Falsely Reporting Masked…

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
June 02, 2015 940

Hopkins County Misdemeanor Indictments

by SurfKY News