Owen Wilson Hospitalized After Reported Wrist Slitting
Regardless of what we think about pretty boy actors who seemingly have it all handed to them on a silver platter, anyone who lives in LA for a while either becomes friends with stars or have friends who are friends of stars.
And one thing that's clear about celebrity, is that the stars are just like us, if not more pathetic. While you and I are struggling to make ends meet, the stars are dealing with multi-million dollar failures and being kicked out of the Playboy mansion forever.
It is not normal to have people want to have sex with you because of how well you look and sound reading the words of others. It is not normal to make millions of dollars because you're easy on the eyes. And it's not normal to have your every move documented and distributed via various means, especially the world wide web.
Deep down most of these stars are human, sorry K-Fed, and times like these where there are reports that Owen Wilson has allegedly tried to take his own life, remind us that we are all the same when it comes to battling demons. We all compare ourselves to ideals that are tough to reach and we all discount facets in our lives that are strong, and sometimes we listen a little too closely to the bad angel on our shoulder instead of paying attention to the sweet one.
It's one reason we are so impressed with people like Frank Warren who do so much to bring awareness to suicide prevention via his hugely popular Post Secret books and web site.
Dark thoughts and tragic actions can be curtailed thanks to good people like those behind Hopeline, a 24-hour suicide hotline. As Frank writes on his Post secret blog "You can call 1(800)SUICIDE [1-800-784-2433] for help, day or night."
We feel for Owen and his family, and we hope that whatever is going on with him will resolve itself in a positive way. And we hope that people use this current event to help spread the word about worthy causes, instead of having this be simple gossip fodder.
photo by Sonny I. LaVista at SXSW 2006