Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Celebrity Deaths

It was only last week that I actually realised, Michael Jackson is no longer here with us; and I cried.

Probably brought on by a build up of a lot of bad things happening around me lately, it still surprised me at how sad I felt. (I'm not normally quite an emotional person - let's just say I much prefer action/thriller movies to girly/drama movies). But I think there are a few reasons why.

Firstly, he played a big part in MY childhood - I followed him in my youth. I guess he sort of shaped moments as I was growing up. I remember sneaking dad's copy of Michael Jackson's Thriller album into my discman and listening to it - the lyrics, the melody - as I fell asleep.

Secondly, is his music. Music in general is so powerful to me. It's so universal and speaks to everyone in so many different ways. He used that power and his talent to reach out to people and share important messages to the world. Some songs to me weren't even about the lyrics sometimes. The melody alone was so powerful, I already knew what it was about by feeling it.

Thirdly, was his heart. He was such a sensitive soul - that was pure with love for the people in this world. It was so genuine too - he truly and whole-heartedly wanted everyone in this world to be better to each other. This was most important about Michael Jackson. He wanted to please everyone around him (and everyone around him was literally the whole world) and I don't think he could really handle the fact that there were some people that hated him. I can totally relate to that feeling.

But it's not just Michael Jackson that has left a hole in this world. Princess Diana and Steve Irwin are just a couple of many others that make me sad knowing they are no longer here to continue their great work in this world (especially Steve Irwin - I am a huge animal lover).

I also felt quite useless. Useless that my life hasn't been about trying to make a difference in the world. What if I die tomorrow? Have a helped someone, changed someone's life? Have a left something good in this world? Will someone remember me? What have I done to make a difference? I felt like it was now my responsibility to fill in these holes in the world! It should be ALL OUR responsibility.

How about you guys? What celeb when they died made you feel really sad and affected you in a strong way? If you had all the money and time in the world what would you do to help?


rkdsign88 said...

Hello Mell. It is sad that MJ need to go so soon, but may be if he is not becoming a true legend if he is not dead right now. It's pretty sad that most people need the tragedy to remember something. If I have lot's of money, I will concentrate with helping children and our environment that they will live:)

Art Fan Ako said...

JFK, Jr. Such a promising fellow... so down to earth, our version of a prince, gone just like that. I hope you feel better. Life goes on. Life IS short so make the most of it.

Chichiboulie said...

Lovely post. While I was never an MJ fan, it is odd knowing he's no longer around. What struck me most about your post though was the question of making our marks on the world.. this was part of my reason for leaving my big corporate job years ago. Although it was well paid, it wasn't making a difference in anyone's life really or at least not in a sense that I felt was valuable. It is important to give something back ...

Little Miss Mel said...

All true words guys! Thanks!

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