You can’t be Lady Gaga forever

We’ve all heard and seen the Madonna of the millennium Lady Gaga, but who is she really?

Born and raised in New York City to a wealthy couple named Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta, the young Stefani was a well-adjusted kid, despite her claims of a misfit, misspent youth. She did, however, look out of place even then, not so much an uptown, posh, sophisticated kid —but more like a refugee from “Jersey Shore”: big black hair, heavy eye makeup and tight, revealing clothes but nothing like her current persona.

Germanotta was a student at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, the same high school Caroline Kennedy attended. A large part of Gaga’s appeal is her edginess and mythical characteristics. Like Madonna, from whom she has borrowed most heavily, Gaga has retained tight control of her career. Her story is very similar to Madonna’s: a rebellious Catholic schoolgirl turned starving  artist of the Lower East Side, discovered and celebrated for her weirdness.

Maybe that explains it!  From listening to my husbands stories of being locked up in the closet by the nuns in his catholic school days, I’m sure it can have a profound affect on you.

She claims her message is to let everyone else know that it’s OK to be weird, a freak, a misfit, that she has never fit in and never will. That’s all well and good and I’m all about self expression, especially while people are young and trying to find themselves (even in their styles of music and entertainment personas) but will we see Lady Gaga still dressing like this in 20 – 30 years?

I’ve Got To Be Me

What happens as we get older? In the process of life what is it that causes us to simmer down? I’ve noticed that happening in Madonna’s life; how she has settled down to a certain degree. Do we begin fitting into the roles of parents and then grandparents and find that others are expecting us to behave in a more parental role and take responsibility for our actions, our dress, and our overall public expressions?

While I agree that it is refreshing to come to some degree of not worrying about what others think I do believe we have a responsibility to our children, our grandchildren and those within our inner circle of trust to find an even kill. Not just to give everyone the middle finger and say, “this is me, like it or not.” 

Maybe we find that through our experiences, our good and bad relationships, and all those things that happen in life both the ups and downs, that those things cause us to become more balanced and less extreme. Perhaps’s that’s just a part of the maturing process,

In the end I sure hope we don’t see a bunch of 80 year-old’s walking around in fish nets and pleather bikinis with orange hair. Although, I have seen a few of those in Frisco. To each his own.

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About Sue Salach

Sue has a Master's degree in Gerontology and has worked with the elderly and their families for over 30 years and is the Author of "Along Comes Grandpa", a caregiving resource guide, and the novel "If I Walked in Her Shoes". As an ElderCare Expert and Keynote Speaker, Sue employs her comprehensive experience and passion, to educate and promote self-care values to family caregivers and the community at large.
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