Happiness can’t be found in fame, fortune, or the bottom of a pill bottle

January 23rd, 2008

Oh Heath Ledger, what were you thinking? How is it that famous, wealthy, beautiful people such as yourself are never happy? How is it that your problems could be so bad that you turn to a bottle of pills?

So many of us grow up thinking: “When I am rich…When I am famous….When I have a big house and my own jet….When I have a gorgeous guy/girl on my arm…..THEN I will be happy!” With people like you, Paris, Britney, Luke….it makes the “common individual” wonder if happiness really is about money, fame, or power. Has it really made people that had those things happy in the past?

You aren’t the only ones to fall prey to the trap of money/fame/power. You have the company of:

Elvis, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith, James Dean, Jim Morrison, Sigmund Freud, Chris Farley, W.C. Fields, Tommy Dorsey, Mama Cass Eliot, River Phoenix, Billie Holiday, Bela Lugosi, Natalie Wood, Jim Belushi, Hemingway, Andy Gibb, and on and on. Throughout history, famous people have found that their problems have been too much. That dealing with debt, betrayal, taxes, loneliness, loss, and love have been too much to bear.

I am sorry, but I feel that these people were selfish. We ALL deal with these burdens throughout life. That IS what life is all about. Dealing with what comes your way, dusting yourself off, and becoming a better person for it. The majority of us do just that. We may not be beautiful, have a huge house or bank account, or have top billing at the local movie theater. We grit our teeth a “deal with it”.

Heath, I believe that the world will miss you. My husband and I felt you were talented and had a long, successful road ahead of you. It is a shame that you decided to throw away the precious gift of your life when you were just beginning to live. Such a waste.

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