A couple of days ago, when I heard the passing of Ed McMahon – I was saddened…I know of the man and how he entertained a lot of people and is the face of hope for many who participated in the American Publishing House Sweepstakes which ran for years!
Then, yesterday morning, I was saddened to hear about Farrah Fawcett’s passing…she was the epitome of beauty, style, grace and fame for me as a young girl in Manila, Philippines. I remember eagerly awaiting her show “Charlie’s Angels” every week and to see the re-runs was the highlight of my day! I have 3 sisters and we would pretend to be Charlie’s Angels and I would always be Jill!
Yesterday afternoon, when I found out that Michael Jackson was found in his home not breathing, I was shocked… I didn’t know what to feel… I wasn’t sure at first whether they were able to revive him at some point so I eagerly watched the Twitter Trends to see what was going on. My Mom turned the news on and it was then when I saw “Michael Jackson 1958-2009” – my heart ached… I ran to my computer and checked Twitter and it was confirmed – Michael Jackson was pronounced dead at 50.
I didn’t know exactly what to feel as I haven’t really heard much of him in the last few years. I guess subconciously, I wanted to preserve my memory of the Michael Jackson of the 70’s through the 90’s. His music has impacted my life in more ways than one. My Mom is a lover of music and the first album she bought us was the Jackson 5 Album which had Ben, Rockin Robin, I’ll Be There… I associated those songs with a time in my life where everything was wholesomely simple and innocent.
In 1985 a special song gave me a vision that even as a young woman from the Philippines, I could still make a difference in the world. That song was “We Are The World”! What made it even more special for me was because Michael was one of the few who spearheaded this worldwide worthy cause.
A few years after I moved into the US, Michael released “Heal The World”. At that time he made a quick visit to Manila and I remember seeing him on TV when he visited the children at the hospitals and how genuine and caring he was to them. He even said that his personal song for the impoverished people for my country was “Heal The World”. I understood then what it meant to be able to gain fame and use that fame for a worthwhile cause.
When “You Are Not Alone” was released a couple of years later…I remember sobbing listening to that song, remembering how much I missed my family in Manila and how my migration here was partly because I want to be able to help them. His song helped encourage and inspire me to press on. I took that song as God’s message to me telling me that I will never be alone because He’s always with me.
Yesterday, I said a prayer for comfort for the families of Ed, Farrah and Michael and the eternal peace of their souls. I thought that was enough to show my mourning for these special people who have made a difference in the world through sharing of their talents. It finally hit me last night, after watching videos of my favorite Michael Jackson songs that I actually share in the grief of everyone whose lives were somewhat impacted by these three individuals.
This morning, as I was having coffee with my Mom we couldn’t help talk about my childhood memories…my Mom vividly remembers and associates his songs with particular milestones in our lives. I was supposed to be working on my videos and autoresponders right now but instead, I decided to blog and pay my last respects to three amazing individuals who helped shaped the world.
The message is clear…WE CAN ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. We are all given gifts to use for the betterment of people within our reach. It’s up to us to do what we can to expand that reach and always think of how we can leave people better than we found them.