(The photo of "American singer Whitney Houston performing on Good Morning America (Central Park New York City) on September 1, 2009" uploaded by Flickr member asterix611 to wikipedia)
By now most everyone has heard about the untimely death of Whitney Houston. The iconic singer and actress who broke world records to become the most celebrated female singer in history was found dead last Saturday afternoon in a hotel room in Beverly Hills, California. She was only forty-eight years old.
Regardless of whether you're Gen - X, Gen - Y, Baby Boomer, etc. it's difficult not to have heard the voice of Whitney Houston. Her's was a voice that could reach the highest octaves, and inspired countless other artists to reach new heights.
Whitney Houston topped the music charts again and again. She won Emmys, Grammys, and other musical accolades. If that wasn't enough she became an actress, lending her talents to several hit movies.
Whitney Houston had money. She had fame. She had adoring fans. Despite having all of these things, she had limitations. Whitney Houston's marriage to singer Bobby Brown ended in divorce and problems related to drug abuse plagued the star's later years.
But she made a comeback; during the the late 2000s, Whitney Houston made numerous international appearances in concert and on television. The world will never know how far the singer/actress could have gone in her career.
But Whitney Houston's death teaches us a valuable lesson: that it can all be taken away in an instant. Fame. Riches. These material things have value to those who want them.
Don't get me wrong. There's absolutely nothing wrong with being rich and famous. But we must keep in mind that glory and wealth often come with huge price tags: loss of personal freedom, and ever higher expectations from the public both of which can take tremendous tolls on the mind and body.
We must never lose sight of who we are. Seek happiness in good things. In all good things. Don't sweat the small stuff. All the while remembering to enjoy the time that you have.
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