Meet Kimberly!: In the Spotlight
Love Through A Child's Heart Files
"Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts. This has so much to teach."
-From the poem "Children," Dancing the Dream, by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson knew at a very early age what it takes many of us a lifetime to learn: children can teach us so much. Michael loved all the children of the world. And to carry on Michael's legacy of Love for the children, I think it is very important to look for ways that will inspire the youth of today to become positive role models of tomorrow. So, my desire is that you will be enlightened by these stories from our younger generation. Periodically, we will shine the spotlight on one of our youth. Some stories will include volunteers, community leaders, those with special needs or talents in art/music/poetry/drama and members inspired by Michael to become a better person. Whatever the case may be, Michael Jackson had an impact on all of these young people and here are their stories. Enjoy!
Meet KimluvsMJ! | Dot Number: 9328
Ignorance is the night of the mind. But a night without moon and star.
When I asked Kimberly, what her favorite MJ photo was, she stated "...A favorite picture of Michael? Is that even humanly possible?? lol" The above photo is the one she had posted to her profile. Kimberly is 17 years old, a student from the USA, loves everything about Michael, pink, tinkerbell, books, sunrises and sunsets. She joined the MJTP Family on August 30, 2009. Also, Kimberly is a writer and volunteers at the Library.
Join me below and read Kimberly's story; "Who is Michael Jackson?"
"Who is Michael Jackson?"
“Michael Jackson was rushed to the hospital.”
It was the 25th day of June, the second day of summer break, and my first day of volunteering at the library. It was around 3:00 pm eastern time when I had just received the call from my mother, who was at work at the time and sounded very concerned.
“Go check online to see what’s going on,” she instructed me.
Later that day I found out that Michael Jackson, who went by MJ, had passed away.
Honestly, my initial reaction was not much of heartache. Yes, I was sad that a life was lost, but I didn’t know who he was or how great he was; I didn’t grasp the impact.
However, within minutes after finding out, I turned on the TV, and practically every channel headlined this breaking news. Message after message with prayers and condolences went out to the Jackson family on Facebook. I turned on the radio and there his name was again. Through tears, people expressed how Michael Jackson had impacted their lives, how he touched them, made them live, how he was the soundtrack to their lives. Then the radio station would play songs such as “Man in the Mirror”, “Heal the World” and “Human Nature.” I found myself tearing up at some of those stories and the subsequent songs.
Tributes were blasting from every form of communication, from every corner of the world.
Wow, I thought to myself. This Michael Jackson man is big.
That’s when I became curious. What was so special about him? The next day, I downloaded those wonderful songs I heard on the radio the night before and I began my research. Nothing in the world could have prepared me for the moment I became acquainted with Michael Jackson.
The next few days consisted of me reading, watching, listening, talking and exploring the world of Michael Jackson. I read a few biographies, thoughts from his family and friends and his own thoughts. My heart warmed up. I watched his short films and his home videos. For the first time in my life, I saw him dance, I heard him sing and I heard his child-like voice and laugh. I saw his heartbreakingly beautiful smile and curly, black hair.
I watched videos of him visiting sick children and giving them presents with that ever-present smile. My heart broke. I watched his live concerts and closed my eyes as he would sing hits such as “You Are Not Alone” and “I’ll Be There.” It became intimate; I felt like he was singing to me. I stood up and danced to his faster songs, cried nonstop to the more intimate songs. It became a pattern; I smiled, laughed, danced, cried and cried some more. I stayed up until the early morning hours just to catch a glimpse of Michael Jackson. He literally became my drug.
Why am I finding out about this man now? I pondered.
Why hasn’t the entire world been talking about him, proclaiming him the king?
I felt like I had been living under a rock my entire life. That intensified one day when my mother, my little sister and I sat down to watch the Dangerous Tour. My mother, who is an island native, started explaining to us that we missed out, that Michael Jackson was one of the highlights of her childhood. She explained that there wasn’t much to do back then, but when a Michael video came on, especially “Thriller,” joy was an understatement.
Hearing this, I was very happy to hear that my mother was once a fan, but very disappointed she had lost that part of herself, that she didn’t pass that on to me in my childhood.
I didn’t have a terrible childhood, but I feel as though my childhood left me too soon. Therefore, I felt very miserable. Until June 2009, I was a very sad person, always alone. I had “friends” but I didn’t have anyone like “Ben.” I felt very alone, and I looked out into my future with negative thoughts: You’re alone; you will always be alone…You’re not talented. You’re not worthy.
That is why when I first heard “You Are Not Alone,” I played it nonstop. Because, for the first in my life, I began to believe it. I began to have confidence, and I started to think about my future. I started to write again (something I hadn’t done in a long time), and I am happy to say that I wrote my first short story in years, with the inspiration of Michael.
For the first time in my life, I listened to music that in many ways healed me. I finally had escapism, not just the music, but the person. His voice, his laugh, and the way he was…
He made me believe in things I never believed in before; inspired me to try new things; to love others for who they are and not what they are (color, nationality); to appreciate the small, but magical aspects of nature; he taught me how to live life off the wall; to chase my dreams, no matter what the naysayers say. He has taught me that I can change the world; I really can. Michael has taught me to think big, move up in life, but always stay humble. Humility is everything.
When I say that I love Michael Jackson, that I am grateful for him, that he is a taste of heaven, I mean it with every cell in my body.
-Kimberly from USA
Dancing the Dream, by Michael Jackson
Michael's life and legacy has impacted many youth like Kimberly, enabling them to believe in themselves again. He has awoken that youthful-Michael, inside each of us with his laughter and crooked bite-lip Smile. Michael truly continues "To Amuse, To Inspire And Delight" us with his music, magic and message of L.O.V.E. for the world. Thank you so much Kimberly for sharing your inspirational story with us. -Heather
We encourage each of you to leave messages for Kimberly, in the comment box below. You may also visit her profile by clicking on this link KimluvsMJ.
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- Heather, Director of Children's Awareness
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