Legends – Here’s to those that shape us

As my first blog post, I thought it would be fit­ting to start at the begin­ning since, this week­end, I’ve been forced to remem­ber how I started singing due to the pass­ing of the great Whit­ney Hous­ton. I still vividly remem­ber the days of my child­hood as a three year old tod­dler singing “I Will Always Love You” with a hair­brush as my micro­phone, the perime­ter of our pool as my stage, and my par­ents and grand­par­ents as my faith­ful fans. Whit­ney filled the music indus­try with so much hope, tal­ent, ambi­tion and inspi­ra­tion, I don’t think her mem­ory will ever be done enough jus­tice — no mat­ter how many moments of silence are held at the Grammy’s or other such events. Rather, I believe that which she has left behind should be embod­ied every sin­gle day by those who loved and fol­lowed her: by using her inspi­ra­tion and tal­ent as the moti­va­tion to keep going and to learn from the mis­takes and lessons that she had to go through in her short-lived lifetime…

In these crazy/stressful/chaotic days which we call our lives, it becomes so easy to for­get who we are, where we come from and what we believe in. We strive to reach our “end goals” so much, that we become tun­nel visioned and don’t appre­ci­ate what is actu­ally going on right in front of us. From now on, the words “done”, “com­plete”, “fin­ished” (and any other word sig­ni­fy­ing an end to a goal or wish) will be tossed out of my vocab­u­lary and replaced with “what’s NEXT” — it can never end, it can never cease to form into some­thing more, and we can never let it. It begins with us and we deter­mine where it shall go. There­fore, we can deter­mine that it should be infinite.

This is my respect to Whit­ney — thank you for lay­ing the foun­da­tion, for shar­ing your pas­sion, and for being exceptional.

–M.V.