Monday, July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse

Let's start by saying while I'd heard her music, I wasn't a gushing fan.  She had real talent, but she simply wasn't my favorite.

It's a sad ending to an addict's life.  She couldn't escape her demons.

It's a story that repeats itself all over the world, every day.  We don't hear about it, for obvious reasons.  Fame provides a look into the lives of a few, the good and the bad.  Fame can give us something to aspire to, or an example of what not to become.

Ultimately, her fate was her own.  Some have said she should have had people around her to set her straight, that she should have walked away from her music career and gotten clean.

It's not that easy, kids.  You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make her drink.  Or in this case, make her stop drinking. Or using.

Mental health professionals and self-help programs can show a way to redemption, but if the addict doesn't really want to stop, she won't.

Can you imagine the corporate executive giving up a big salary to deal with his alcoholism, for example?  Their job, as much as it may provide them with the ability to feed their addiction, may also provide the ability to feed their family.  That's a hard thing to walk away from.

People tried to help her.  She eventually went to rehab, despite her hit song that most people have come to know her by.

Addiction is a disease. It's a mental illness.  It is real.  I wish you wouldn't ridicule her.  If you're not addicted to anything -- drugs, alcohol, gambling are just three examples - be grateful.  Say to yourself  "There but for the grace of God go I."

Her death is a tragedy only to her family and friends.  In a larger sense, it's a sad way to go, and at such a young age.

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