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Another one bites the dust…

Posted: February 9, 2014 in DAY 2 DAY
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Cory Monteith. Michael Jackson. Whitney Houston. What two things do these names have in common? Fame/wealth. Undisputed access to tons and tons of money, acclaim, all that good stuff.

The second thing is illicit drugs/death. Whatever it is they snorted, smoked, injected or inhaled, it led to their death, and very early too. Cory Monteith was 31, Michael Jackson was 50. Talk about lives being cut short.

Exactly one week ago, when I heard Philip Seymour Hoffman had been found dead on the 2nd of February with a needle still stuck in his arm and heroin (a special type called ‘Ace of Spades’) in packets around him, I was sad, then angry, then sad, and angry all over again.

Sad – he died young, he was just 46. He was very popular too, an Oscar award winner, and recently starred in Hunger Games (which by the way I have never watched and don’t think I will ever see because I don’t like fight fight).

Angry – are there not enough examples to prove that drugs are a sure way to die early?

Sad – heartbroken for his family, his wife/partner and their three young children. His parents, and the stigma of being related to the person ‘who died with a needle in his arm’.

Angry – what on earth made him go back to drugs after 23 years of being drug free? Whatever could have entered him all over again? They say his drugs could have been laced with something else. Ok, but why take them in the first place? Why?

I’m sure I could go the sad and angry route a few more times, but I won’t.

Psychologists say anything you do for 30 days becomes a habit – this man had been drug free for at least 8280 days! Then according to a report I read, he started abusing prescription pills, graduated to heroin, and then on to this substance that took his life.

I chatted with someone recently, and he told me the amount of thanks and gratitude he got because he gave him a $5 tip. 5 dollars. Reports say just weeks ago the now late Seymour withdrew $1200 from an ATM to pay for these drugs. $1200 on drugs when the next man is almost throwing a party because he was gifted 5 bucks.

Here’s another reason why I am angry – a child is attracted by the flickering light of a candle, and they want to touch it. Most times we let them because we know once it hurts them that first time, they most likely will not go back to it again. ‘Most likely’ because children have the attention span of a goldfish! Bless them.

23 years after, did he forget? Did he become so wealthy that he felt that the drugs would ‘fear/respect his money’ and not harm him? What was he thinking? The Bible says that the things that are written are unto us for examples.

Just like I wrote the ‘learn from it, don’t be it‘ post when Cory Monteith died, I’m writing again  – say NO to drugs. Say No, and mean it so much that whoever asked you before will be convinced you are not interested. You shouldn’t even be friends with such people in the first place!

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Good morning!

If you’re reading this, you’re still here, in the land of the living, and it is something everything to be grateful for. Regardless of what is right and what isn’t, you’re still here, and therefore there’s still hope. Remember the bit in the Bible that says, “a living dog is better than a dead lion?” Truism.

Last night like a lot of you I heard Goldie Harvey was dead. Oluwabimpe Susan ‘Goldie’ Harvey, aged 31. Goldie from Big Brother Africa for me, because now that I think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a song she did. Anyway  I was like, ‘no way, not possible’! The same person who was at the Grammy’s on Sunday? I remember having a conversation with one of my buddies about her music, and the need for music artistes to stick with labels that would be able to go the distance with/for them.

After all the back and forth on Twitter on why her death was announced on a blog, if she was dead at all, why she died, the nastiness of some, baby girl is really dead. Just like that. And I literally went to bed in shock. #RIPGoldie

This morning I’m reminded more than ever how much of our lives is a gift….Life is fleeting, so short, so brisk, here today and tomorrow gone. How anything can happen. Anything. We go out, come back, travel, eat in our homes or out, drive, take public transportation, fall in and out of love, even sleep – in doing any of these, our lives can just be taken away. But, you’re reading this so you’re still here.

Are you grateful? Or are you murmuring and grumbling about having £10 when you wanted £1, 000, 000? Or you’re whining because your life isn’t all you expected it would be at this time? Think about it – we’re not any better than the ones who have passed, not more righteous, not prettier, wealthier, not more deserving of life, but we’re still here. I don’t know about you but I slept, I woke up, and I’m grateful.

This morning I’m also reminded about how fast death happens, and the jolting shock, each time. Here today, tomorrow no more, for whatever reason. I’ve written about death before, when I lost a dear uncle, when we lost a baby and an aunty in a week, and after attending a service at an Anglican church; the sermon was on death and it touched my soul. You never get used to death; never.

My heart goes out to Goldie’s family, my thoughts and prayers are with them in this very difficult, excruciating time even. And for those of us still here, each day we have is a gift.

May the soul of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen.