I was knocked for a loop this morning when my daughter came through and read me the news that Whitney Houston has passed away. The news was a real shocker and my reaction no less so! I started crying with no idea why. I had loved much of her music and of course just loved the movie ‘The Bodyguard’…the ultimate romance. I won’t say I was a fan as such, but I did feel very, very sad at the death of someone who was so talented, and at one stage appeared to have it all; talent, fame, money, travel and all the trappings, and yet it wasn’t enough. Here is a really beautiful video, of the Dubai fountains synchronised to the words of :
I hope you enjoy the video, it’s really beautiful. Not too sure about the site…but the video is gorgeous.
Just after midday I took myself off into London for the afternoon to go walkabout, one of my passions and something I always find totally uplifting. As I walked I mused at the fact that despite that I don’t have much money, very few possessions and with a mountain of debt to conquer, it is something as simple as walking about this beautiful city that has a richness that money can’t buy. Is it really true then that money can’t buy happiness?
After a most wonderful afternoon, wandering here and there, up alleys twisting and winding, alongside the river, admiring and enjoying the sights, many familiar and well beloved….I arrived home to tea and rusks with my wonderful daughter. Then I got onto facebook only to discover that one of my facebook friends with whom I had frequently exchanged comments or liked his posts was on the verge of suicide.
His post read: “I have fought so many battles in my life from a violent father, bullying at school and much more yet I have achieved so much. 3 special beautiful children and the best partner anyone could want. I am so so tired now though. I can’t fight any more, my mind and body are ill and worn out, my motivation gone. I am ready and it is time.
Thank you for all your love, it has been amazing. I will sleep peacefully and at rest now and start a new journey. I am looking forward to seeing old friends and family and devastated to be leaving mine.
Goodbye cruel world.”
The tragedy is that we all saw his earlier posts, the sad comments and unhappy picture posts and no-one realised just how much help he was needing. So many people said ‘I wish I’d known’ or ‘I wish I’d said something’. But felt they couldn’t at the time. How constrained we are by the conventions of society. When your’e on social media you are meant to be ‘happy’ all the time, with thousands of ‘quotes’ or ‘inspirational’ posts or quotes filling the timeline. Why are people unable to be normal? Sad or unhappy posts are not always welcomed by those who read them. I know…my daughter went through a very difficult time last year and came under fire from some people for her posts, not all mind as many were incredibly supportive.
The follow up to that post by his friends on facebook was fantastic and thankfully someone found him in time and he is now in hospital and being treated, his 3 special beautiful children at his bedside. There is an advert currently being shown on TV that highlights mental illness and how awkward it is for people to know what to do or how to react. I wonder how it must have been for Whitney Houston, a troubled, unhappy person who appeared to have it all. I wonder at the outpouring of grief…I wonder that we left till after she died to say how much we loved her music, how much we cared. Would it have made a difference to her life?
Folks, if you know of someone who is going through a tough time right now, reach out to them, mental illness is not a shame and perhaps a kind word or gesture would make all the difference. Smile at a stranger, don’t be afraid of looking foolish, or making a mistake….just reach out and even if you don’t know someone who is going through a tough time….reach out to those around you anyway. Say how much you care and don’t leave it for the #RIP.
Below is what I saw today….