When I think about what I have learned from Michael Jackson, I could probably come up with a dozen things...but to narrow it down and describe the most important thing I've learned from him...I think that would be holding onto that inner child within.
I think it all began when I first watched the Living With Michael Jackson documentary back in 2003. Before I knew how Martin Bashir twisted and edited the footage, all I saw was Michael, a sweet and sensitive soul. A man who enjoyed having fun and doing things that he was unable to do in his youth. I saw him climb up his Giving Tree and sit there as a free spirit. When I heard him describe himself as being “Peter Pan in his heart,” I completely understood what he meant by that because I too preferred to hold onto my childhood, and not lose that innocence of it. But seeing Michael embracing these qualities actually helped me to accept those qualities within myself. I still enjoy things I enjoyed when I was a kid. I find joy in simple things. I still love watching kids movies and I know I always will. They are actually my favorite kinds of movies to watch because there are often a lot of lessons in them that adults can learn a thing or two from.
There is no other celebrity I look up to besides Michael Jackson because he taught me it's ok to never grow up in my heart, if it wants to stay innocent like a child. I have to thank him for teaching me it's ok to be a big kid. When Michael died, I lost part of my childhood with him, but the part that remains I will forever keep in my heart, and continue to keep that Peter Pan spirit alive. ♥ ~ Elise
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