Young, Beautiful and Talented...Never Forgotten

On August 25, 2001 I was about to start my Senior year of high school. I had gone over to my grandmothers house and turned to MTV only to be astonished at the shocking news that one of my favorite singers, Aaliyah had died in a plane crash.

It touched my deeply that someone so beautiful, young and talented had died so tragically, and I began to cry.

I remember one of the first tape cassettes (yes, it was the 90's and no one had heard of MP3's, LOL) I had in elementary school was Aaliyah's first album "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number". I played that thing so much that it eventually broke. I loved her music and her style inspired me even at that early age to try wearing my stomach out and wear a bandana on my head.

Everytime I hear one of her songs on the radio I remember where I was and how I felt that day. She died at the age of 24 and I am just a year older than she was when she passed.

Today, when many of the radio stations and on tv channels recognized the anniversary of her death I began to wonder, what have I accomplished or do want to accomplish with my life.

It may sound morbid, but if something were to happen to me, I asked myself, have I and/or am I doing what I really want to do with my life? Am I accomplishing the things that I truly desire to do?

Aaliyah had accomplished so much in her twenty-four years here on this earth. Some people take a lifetime to accomplish that much.

I think everyone at some point whether young or old should ask themselves these questions?

Are you doing something productive with your life? Are sharing your gifts with others?

I'd like to think that I am. I hope you are too. :)

Rest In Peace Ms. Aaliyah

Here's my favorite video....

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