Transcendentalism seems to be what all individuals want to achieve, simply being themselves. Today, trying to escape the judgmental and materialistic world and be 100% you is impossible. Especially being in the spotlight, it seems that very few celebrities are really who they are inside. Being a transcendentalist does not mean that they have to wear the most outrageous clothes, or say the most unexpected things, but they are just themselves. Ellen DeGeneres, an openly lesbian comedian/actress is a perfect example of someone who took the risk of being themselves and by doing this has a more fulfilling life.
Although in the modern age, people are becoming more accepting of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transvestites, coming out is one of the hardest things a gay individual has to go through. Ellen DeGeneres came out in 1997 on The Oprah Winery Show , and later on was a big supporter of things like LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people). She takes great pride in her sexuality and that is something that many wish they could be. Although being a lesbian is who she is, it does not effect who she her personality. Her popular show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has won many Emmy Awards and is well known for Ellen being her humorous, and fun-loving-self. Not only does Ellen give back to the gay community, but also to the less fortunate. Being able to own materialistic things is something else everyone wants but Ellen can still give back. Having hosting the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys, it is obvious that she has succeeded in the entertainment business, and that being gay does not affect her in this way.
Being judged for whom one is, is really the ultimate fear in life. Everything that an individual does, they second guess themselves because someone could start critiquing them for wearing the clothes they want or, like Ellen, being gay. Examples of modern day transcendentalism are scarce and now a days is decreasing because people are told who they are supposed to be. Ellen is not only an example for gays, but for people struggling to be themselves and she is a true transcendentalist.
Works cited: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_DeGeneres