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Things I Learned from Michael Jackson: #6 "Holding onto the Inner Child"

Things I Learned from Michael Jackson: #6 "Holding onto the Inner Child" (by Elise)

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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MJEverAfter said...

You are so right Elise, He makes us feel it's OK to be that person who still likes childlike things. In fact, he let us know that it should be our goal in life, if we want to be happy and change the world! Thanks for this reminder.

Amanda said...

I love your post, Elise! A beautiful lesson, thank you <3

Anonymous said...

This is so lovely, Elise. Remember that feeling always. Love and Peace, Sue.

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Anonymous said...

Elise, thank you for sharing. I agree with you 100%. I also love watching children's movies, cartoons, and anything that I used to watch when I was a child. I still have stuffed animals and love the joy and openiness of being a child. When I moved into adulthood, I forgot what that was like. It's like I walked through a door and on the other side, my childhood was gone. For many years in my life, I always had this drive to achieve. I was a very serious person. I never let me guard down. I never just let myself be in the moment. People always told me that I needed to lighten up and that I was too serious. I started to try to lighten up as the years progressed, but I still held back. Then the events of June 25, 2009; Michael was gone. This is one of 2 major events that occured in my life that I will never forget. The first was a life-threatening health crisis in May 2008 and then when Michael left us. These events triggered such deep changes in me and for that I am grateful. My life was changed forever. That included my heart and my inner child. I am now back to embracing my inner child and opening my heart. Michael did that for me and because of him, I embrace my new way of living every single minute of every day. It looks like I am definitely not alone. :-) <3 -Kim

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