Friday, June 25, 2010

Living Off the Wall - One Year Later

One year ago today, we lost a creative genius and icon of music, love and originality.   When I think about Michael Jackson, I feel a mixture of sadness, admiration, and joy.  His music and dancing brought so much inspiration into this world that it's hard to believe that anyone could deny that it was his gift and purpose to do so; and that we are all blessed to have been touched by him.

He was idolized, labeled, accused, and adored and he bore the weight of all those things.  His life reminds me to live my life on my own terms regardless of people's praise or blame.  

Below is a repost by Chic Mommy from last year.  We miss you MJ!

"Cause we're the party people night and day. Livin' crazy that's the only way. So tonight, gotta leave that 9 to 5 up on the shelf, and just enjoy yourself. Groove. Let the madness and the music get to you. Life aint so bad at all."

Certainly the untimely death of Pop icon, Michael Jackson, has reminded us all of how fragile life is. Michael once said in an interview that he felt his life was meant to touch people and that he was supposed to do that through his music. He did what he loved and I think that one lesson we can learn from him is that it's so important for us all to do the same--no matter how much flack or criticism we get or what other people think. We have to be ferocious and unafraid in pursuit of our dreams and unrelenting in our desire to touch others in a positive way. Life is so much better when we shake off stress and just LIVE to the best of our own abilities. We should live "off the wall", "dance into the sunlight", moonwalk, ask ourselves "Who's bad?", be dancing machines, Beat It, Don't Stop Til We Get Enough, and Work It Day and Night. By creating an aura of peace and happiness around ourselves, we create a shared peace that is sure to be infectious to others.

"Do what you want to do. There ain’t no rules, its up to you."
-Michael Jackson, "Off the Wall"


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