MJ, Legacies And Loss

Yesterday was the 13th anniversary of my being in business, and I did both a video and a blog post on my business blog.

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Today is unofficially known as Leon Day in some circles of the country, Eli Wallach passed away at age 98 (great actor; you young folks need to look him up), and it’s also the 5th anniversary of the passing of Michael Jackson.

I have spent most of the day listening to Michael Jackson songs and watching some Michael Jackson and Jackson Five videos. You know, when you listen to the songs it’s hard to believe that so many years have passed since he’s been gone because every song sounds fresh and new. Truth be told, this is probably what every generation feels when they listen to the music they love, thinking they’re actually younger than they are because they can remember where they were or what they were doing when they first heard the songs that made them feel wonderful, which happens for most of us when we’re younger.

Want to know a truth? For probably the first couple of years, after the first few days of shock, I couldn’t listen to any of his music. It just freaked me out, knowing that a new MJ song (that he approved) was never going to be released again. Also, I felt like my own mortality was in question because he was only a year older than me; if he had all that he had and left the world like that, what did it say for my chances?

All of us go through stages like this when family members pass, and probably when someone famous, that we never knew but admired for one reason or another, goes away. I have to admit that sometimes it extends further for me. For instance, there have been a couple of bloggers who have passed away that I miss here and there, and at the time I lamented their loss.

Most of the time we probably won’t know that someone we read all the time has suffered a life ending demise. We might think that they’ve just gone away, decided not to blog anymore or participate on social media anymore, and we get on with our lives. There’s really nothing else for us to do because, when all is said and done, probably 99.95% of all relationships we make online will end without much of a resolution. Think about it this way; how many people who used to visit you blog when you started not only don’t stop by anymore, but aren’t even blogging anymore? Do you know what happened to them?

Scary to think about isn’t it? Want to add to the fear? It’ll probably be you one day, and if you have a significant other, he or she probably has no idea how to tell anyone you won’t be back, let alone will even think about it. My wife has no presence on social media; if I go, the overwhelming majority of you will never know it. I’m betting it’s that way for you also.

I think that’s why we grieve a bit when famous people we know and like pass away. For everything they had they couldn’t stop it, and we also think that if they weren’t famous then they’d be just like us, with a few family members sad that we’re no longer around but us not making even the smallest dent in life. What’s our legacy right?

What’s our legacy? Well, for me it’ll be my blogs, my videos, and other articles I have on the internet. I think that’s another reason I keep creating so much stuff and putting out so much stuff. I think someone will care at some point, and maybe one thing I write will help someone or help change their mindset or make them feel pretty good, even if it’s just for a short period of time. One can only hope, right?

See, even in death Michael Jackson’s got me thinking about stuff. Let’s see if my sharing the song below, my favorite song of all time, gets you thinking about you legacy also:
 


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Sunday Question – How Would You Like To Be Remembered?

What prompted this post? Our friend John isn’t doing all that well physically. I don’t think he’d mind me telling you this, since he wrote it on his blog 21st Century Affiliate Marketing. Actually, he’s ending his blog, and it’s possible that if you’re interested he’d sell you the domain name and wish you the best of luck with it. John’s a great guy, and I hope y’all stop by to give him your best wishes.

One of those things that happens when you start getting older is that you start thinking a little bit about your mortality. Sure, it can happen when you’re younger, and truthfully it’s one of those things that’s scared me for most of my life. I haven’t had to deal with it all that often, and my dad is the closest person to me who’s no longer here, though I also had a college friend who passed away in 1994 that I didn’t see coming, though I probably should have.

I have no children. I tend to believe people have children for three reasons. One, they didn’t plan it; it just happened. Two, because they have this sense of family that they just need to perpetuate because it’s not they grew up. And three, because they want to be remembered in some way, to carry on the family legacy. I know that’s why I’m here; my dad wanted to carry on the line, and he hoped I’d continue things. That won’t happen, unfortunately, but I figure I have lots of cousins who have kids of their own, lots of males, so there will be Mitchell’s for a long while.

Still, I’ve often thought about if I would have a legacy when I’m no longer around. Yes, I want to have some sort of legacy. I want to leave my mark on this earth that will be remembered at least by a few people when I’m gone for some years, more than just family members. To whit, that’s why I’ve created so many things. None have made me famous yet, so I continue working at it, hoping one day that I’ll hit upon the big one, and then I’ll be happy and rich.

Rich is an important component of this whole thing because I have a main goal and a secondary goal. My main goal is selfish; I want a large house. Actually, I have no idea how large the house would be, but it would a a ranch style, one story ranch of course, with lots of space inside, along with a few other things. The second goal is that I’d love to create a research center of some sort that I could put in my parent’s name. What would it research? Well, that I haven’t totally locked my mind on. It could be cancer, since Dad had cancer, and I know so many people who have had and now have cancer. It could be diabetes because it’s a family disease that I also have. It could be heart research, since heart attacks are scary as anything. And it could be renal research, since Dad was on dialysis, and unfortunately I think I’m going to be heading in that direction in my future (I know, my wife tells me to stop predicting my future as well).

No matter how it occurs, I want to be remembered this way; a nice guy who tried to help people and achieved his dreams while helping others achieve theirs as well. What about you?

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