Update: North Korea calls Kim Jong Un ‘supreme leader,’ cementing the family’s hold.
He lived a private life while his father, called “Dear Leader,” ran what is considered the world’s most isolated state.
However, Kim Jong Un was thrust into the spotlight after North Korea’s communist leader Kim Jong Il’s death, which raised questions about the country’s future leadership. Talk about getting total power while only in your 20s!
While we sit here behind our computers whining about our lost childhood, lack of funds and sleeping arrangements, Jong Un has to battle the criticisms that he isn’t ready to be a leader. Even Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Moon-soo said the “communist country is putting an untested, 20-something son of a late strongman in power to complete a third-generation dynastic succession.”
“It is the comedy of the 21st century,” he said.
Well, we have all been there, haven’t we? I have had people knock me down a few pegs, telling me I couldn’t do what I set out to do. But will that get me down? Heck no, and I bet Jong Un has some determination to see this work to his advantage, too.
I know I am making light of a serious situation, but when it comes down to it, Jong Un is another 20-something. We all worry about what will happen when we make our next move, whether in a career, relationship or otherwise.
The only difference between me and Jong Un is the whole world is watching him. And boy, I am glad it’s not me.