I went to go work out at the gym when I heard the news. How tragic. That is all I could think of for awhile. I really never thought much about the personal life of Whitney Houston. But I knew of her public life, her great talent, her music that would stick with me for days and how she struggled with addiction. I am not sure the cause of her death. But as the newscasters were speculating about her death, they were talking about addiction.
But her personal life. The personal life of stars I usually avoid because I don’t want to hear of the details that you usually don’t sound so good. Addiction. Broken relationships. Weight loss or Weight gain. Depression. Is there a sacrifice of one’s personal life when one is successful? I am not just talking about the media crowding in. I am talking about how does one live a normal life when you are that successful. Each of us may have a calling or mission of some sort. But most of us is not that talented or driven to succeed as only a few. Those few seem to struggle so.
Great talent, a world that adores you and great strength seems to be of no help for one who struggles with addiction. It is quite sad that there isn’t a way to make someone stop taking drugs. This is a disease that can only be arrested by the person themself. One has to ask what caused this? Was the pressure too much? Was her talent part of the problem? Think of the adoring fans. To leave that behind, what would that be like? Once you have the much popularity, then what? Can you just live a normal life like everyone else or are you compelled to succeed? It the addiction to drugs to balance out the success?
This news makes me all the more committed to try to be part of the solution in people’s lives who struggle with addiction. It make me consider about the balance between our private lives and our public selves. May God have mercy on Whitney and on us all.