What Lessons You Can Learn From The King Of Pop’s Last Moon Walk January 13, 2010
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has been widely known for his popular moon walk. It is a dance step wherein he has been associated with. Wikipedia defines the moon walk as “a dance technique that presents the illusion of the dancer being pulled backwards while attempting to walk forward.”
After much thought about the definition, I realized that the King of Pop’s death and his popular moon walk have lessons in life, which we can definitely learn and apply in our life. This post has no intentions of putting down Michael Jackson, but rather it will only emphasize on analyzing the lessons that can be taken out of his life and his final moon walk.
Being one of the most successful entertainers of his generation, Michael Jackson was able to sell over 750 million records, win 13 Grammy Awards and hit the no. 1 spot with his singles 13 times. Articles around the world agree that his lifetime earnings were more than $500 million and that his music itself is a billion dollars worth.
Even though he had gained so much fame and fortune, which he achieved since he was young, the end part of his life was mostly filled with struggles of depression and of financial debts. Many would readily agree that his health further declined when he sequestered himself from his family, friends and financial woes. Millions of people have come to love him since he was young, but despite the outpouring of love, he died filled with loneliness, a broken heart and depression.
With all the bad circumstances that happened to Michael Jackson during his last days of his life, I thus refer to his final years as his final moon walk. I refer to his last years of his life as his final moon walk because no matter how much he tried to move forward in his life, his actions only caused him to move backwards. But unlike the moon walk, everything that happened to him in his final years was not mere illusions. Here are things about the life of Michael Jackson that I think will give us lessons in life:
1.) Don’t spend more than what you have – Even though the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, earned more than a million dollars each year, it was said that he spent more than $20 to $30 million more than what he earns only to support his luxuriant lifestyle. This type of lifestyle brought about financial problems during the latter part of his life. Many wealthy people, such as a Bahrain sheik, charged the King of Pop of neglecting to pay debts he owed. The King of Pop also lost Neverland Ranch, a place beloved to him. Even though his assets weigh more than his debt, the King of Pop died leaving more than $400 million of debt. Yes, he may the right to live luxuriantly and as a “star” he seemed to deserved it, but the King of Pop could have learned to live within what he earns and had his other assets wisely taken care. His failure to employ such strategy not only added problems but also heightened his depression.
2.) Life may be tough, but you’ve got to learn to face your problems – Michael Jackson may have achieved a certain amount of success in his life, but he never learned to face his problems. When he became depressed he turned to anything from plastic surgery, isolation and drug abuse. After he was accused of child molestation, he was so depressed that he was never the same again. J Randy Taraborrelli described how he escaped from his problem in an article for the daily mail, “He surrounded himself with children, animals and a false reality – so much so that he never learned how to cope in the real world. He never wanted to grow up, and his managers encouraged these eccentricities when they should have encouraged therapy.”
3.) Fame and fortune does not equate joy and happiness – Yes, the King of Pop no doubt has achieved so much in his lifetime. So much that he broke records that he himself achieved, opened up racial barriers and reinvented the world of music. However, though he had these great successes and the love of millions, the final years of his life was marked with loneliness, unhappiness sadness, depression and the feeling of being unloved. He kept to himself, away from friends and family.
Michael Jackson’s last moon walk bears so many morals in life. I could have said more but it is your turn to do your own analysis. I pray that in the event we will have to do our last moon walk here on earth, it would be much better than Michael Jackson’s.