I’ve been wanting to say something about Whitney Houston’s sad passing.
It seems that most of us really do idolize the glamorous life and the beautiful people who live and work in it. That includes how we saw Whitney Houston.
Those working in entertainment are people doing a job. It may be singing or acting or dancing or any numbers of types of performing. But, it’s not reality per se.
The reality is that the beautiful people go home at the end of the day. They have real lives like the rest of us PLUS many feel the burden of the need to maintain their public persona, even when they’re not working.
I think the worst thing would be to start to believe you are your persona or your “brand” as they say.
Having money and fame can give some people options that they can’t refuse. Drugs definitely fits into that category for many people, including those who appear to have it all.
To me the deadly combination comes when you have a very sensitive artist, who must have felt that in some way she was no longer a mere mortal – somewhat indestructible, especially because of the fact that she DID survive years of abuse. But, like the rest of us, when we abuse our bodies long enough, she paid the ultimate, tragic price.
I felt very sad when I heard the news. And I know it’s a terrible loss for family, friends and many, many loyal fans.
I believe that many people tried to help her with her addictions, and she tried to help herself over the years; but, drugs can change us in serious ways that can’t always be reversed.
Drugs are so dangerous because they can weaken a person to the point where they can no longer fight the urge for what they know is destroying them.
I’ve always hated drugs because of how they can take down even the strongest people. That includes far too many beautiful, talented and loving people; famous and otherwise.
Drugs have no conscience, they don’t care how rich, glamorous or talented we are. So now we’ve lost another human being to drugs.
It is sad how it all gets started. Fantasy needs to stay on the stage and the screen at the end of the day.