We remember you Michael Jackson
It’s hard to believe one year ago today, Michael Jackson died. A world without the King of Pop has not been the same, and the only solace is that his music lives on. Whether you believed all the controversy and rumors or not, MJ’s influence on music, racial equality, love for children and the environment was larger than life. He put his money where his mouth was and refused to grow up. Pure in heart and deeds, MJ was a rare gem in the world and shall be missed forever.
Artistically speaking, MJ was the ultimate entertainer, but even more than that, he raised the bar for everyone in the music business as well as entertainment industry as a whole. Michael’s fierce work ethic and dedication to excellence clearly showed in his work. Alternatively, his approachable nature and willingness to help new artisists, made him stand out as a person with great depth and humility.
We can all learn from MJ’s legacy in a myriad of ways. Tormented by unresolved family wounds by growing up too fast, MJ became addicted to pain medications, suffered from insomnia, and had out-of-control spending habits that nearly bankrupted him. I believe he was often misunderstood for his odd behavior and poor choices. So many people judged him unfairly as a result and forgot what a special person he truly was. How often do we feel misunderstood? How many times have we all tried to escape painful feelings through work, retail therapy, or using drugs / alcohol? I, for one, can relate to his struggle and I didn’t have to deal with being a public figure where my every move was scrutinized!
I send blessings to MJ’s children and family. As for his fans, me included, we can all remember Michael for the talented and compassionate performer and person he was.