One of music's most respected living legends has weighed in on the sudden death of pop icon Whitney Houston at age 48.
TMZ reports that Celine Dion isn't waiting for a coroner's report to confirm the obvious. Dion called into Good Morning America this morning and told Robin Roberts, "Whitney has been an amazing inspiration for me ... It's just really unfortunate that drugs, bad people or bad influence took over. It took over her dreams. It took over her love and motherhood."
She went on to say, "When you think about Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, to get into drugs like that, for whatever reason. Is it because of the stress and bad influence? What happens when you have everything?"
It's interesting that she should ask "What happens when you have everything?" I tell people all the time that you get what you ask for but you may not be ready for it.
Everyone wants to be rich (and some want to be famous) but they never think about the heavy burden that comes with the riches and the fame.
Life is about the struggle. As infants being born, we struggle to get here, and life continues to be a struggle. The struggle doesn't get any easier with money. It's a sobering reality when you achieve your dreams and there is nothing left to achieve. You have every materialistic thing you could ever want, but you have nothing else to look forward to.
There's a line in one of my favorite movies that goes, "When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer."
The true meaning of life is in the struggle. The happiest people I know live from paycheck to paycheck. Once you reach the top, there is nowhere left to go but down. Be careful what you ask for, kids.