Goodbye, Michael

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

One's passing is a norm; another part & parcel of life but when the news broke about an icon's death, legions of fans can't help feeling shocked & terribly upset & devastated. Especially when it's none other than the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. Honestly, I was incredibly shocked when my colleague informed us over breakfast that morning. My mind was blank for a few minutes. I didn't know how to react as I was struggling to digest those words, half hoping that I've heard wrongly. It's undeniably true, however.

Upon reaching home after an exhausting day, I quickly joined the rest of my family to tune into CNN. His death was too sudden & yes, I admit that I found it difficult to accept the fact he's no longer here. Who would've expected that he has short-lived when all this while, I have this general idea that a legend like Michael would live on & die of old age. Not like what's reported - overdose of prescription drugs.

I'm not an avid fan, in fact. Nevertheless, I grew up listening to his songs & watching his lengthy movie-like MVs; awed by this amazingly talented singer cum dancer. I remember watching his entire collection of videos on laser disc 10 years ago, not to mention playing this really lame & funny MJ game in the arcade centre - with a fuzzy Smooth Criminal tune playing from the game machine speakers. Those memories still remain vivid in my mind. Out of all the songs that he wrote, the one that brought me tears is Heal The World each time it was played. His innocent voice with a tinge of sadness in this song without doubt tug many heartstrings of compassionate souls out there. Most importantly, his songs spoke clearly of the world around us & the need for us to make a change.

There I was sitting in the living room while Heal The World was aired on Channel V; tearing up & pondering about the fact that humans are so cruel to take advantage of his innocence; denying the liberty & privacy that he very well deserved all this while. What good did it bring with all the evil plots to take his money now that he's no longer alive? If only you knew that you're loved this much, I believe all your sorrows will can be dealt with or perhaps remedied. Rest in peace, our beloved King of Pop...

If you enter this world knowing you are loved, and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.
-Michael Jackson