I once saw a reply to a comment about another celebrity that made me realize just how special someone like Louis Tomlinson is. A fan of this other celebrity made a comment about how the celebrity had saved their life. The reply was “Did he run into a burning building and pull you out? No? Well, he didn’t save your life, you stupid child.”
This is a pretty common argument, that saving a life must include a physical removal from harm. This is a direct result of our society’s refusal to take mental illness or emotional wellbeing seriously. Couple that with the misogyny usually lobbed at young female fans of celebrities and you get a society that will never truly understand the impact and emotional value that celebrities have on the everyday life of many people.
It takes someone very special to be able to pull you into their world and make it a place of comfort and joy. It can’t be forced, it can’t be manufactured. Every year corporations spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to get it right. Finding someone who can make that emotional connection. They call it “it”. They search high and low for someone who has “it” without a real understanding of what “it” is or how to create “it”.
Louis has managed to connect to people in a way most people could never do. You feel his emotion in his lyrics, you feel it in his tweets (quite a feat that is) and you feel it in his interviews. He has an openness and a vulnerability that draws you in and makes you feel at home. Louis makes people want to be better people. He makes people want to conquer their insecurities. Louis makes some people determined to stay alive just so they can experience being part of his world. I can’t imagine being a person who could give people that bit of strength they need to just hold on for one more day. To be able to save a life by merely existing.
I could go into a burning building and pull someone out. So could you. So could just about anybody. The physical removal from harm requires no emotional connection in order to achieve the results. Very few people have what it takes to be the kind of person Louis Tomlinson is. I am incredibly proud of him and his persistence. I am proud to be a part of his story, and I wish him all the best the world has to offer. He deserves it.