Everything I Needed to Learn, I Learned From Michael Jackson

Everything I Needed to Learn, I Learned from Michael Jackson

On August 29, 1958, a bright star was born in Gary, Indiana.  He would change the game of music forever and his style would be imitated by children for decades to come. Short films were revolutionized and re-written by this musical genius.  Michael Jackson would have been fifty-four years old today had he lived.

The world may have gone a little dimmer and something shifted in me on June 25, 2009 when this creative light left us. I felt sadness and confusion while I began an intense research of who this man truly was. In the process I have met lovely people from all over the planet; Michael’s Soldiers of Love. Soldiers who have been relentless, and determined to spread the truth about Michael Jackson’s godly motives and selflessness and how unique, caring and loving he was. In my humble opinion, being an advocate of Michael Jackson is an honor and I will defend him until my last exhale.

Roses from Poland

Flowers from France

Roses from Russia

I discovered the serious, well written books by Joe Vogel, who delves carefully into Michael’s creative process and his genius. I’ve learned of groups like MJ Truth Now which is comprised of an editorial team whose goal is advocacy for Michael Jackson. The team collaborates in bringing factual information to those who want to know the truth about Michael Jackson. What I love about MJ Truth Now is no one person is responsible for the content rather there are several contributors for each communication. I’ve also found VindicateMJ; whose primary goal is justice for Michael. Each blog is carefully researched for accurate truth to reveal the injustice Michael suffered.

I think Michael suffered unbearable injustice and those hardships not only made him beautiful but he became a fierce advocate of life. There was beauty in Michael’s brokenness. When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe when something has suffered damage and has history, it becomes more beautiful. Michael had to deal with so many lies and betrayals.  Phil Collins said “The people who don’t want anything from him are children. Everyone else wants something. They want to flirt with glory…He’s a tabloid victim.”

I believe one of Michael’s greatest gifts was understanding as an five year old that he had a greater purpose to aspire to. Michael, when it was all quiet, heard the truth. He listened to his calling and devoted his life to making music, spreading love and light while giving to those less fortunate than him. I think Michael Jackson was the most judged person on this planet yet he was the most creative. Why? Because he honored the wisdom of his soul’s purpose. He wasn’t just an eccentric genius, he was the archetypal misunderstood artist. He was committed to his creative vision while the world continued to judge him. Eventually corruption from people destroyed him without scruple and I think his sensitivity and vulnerability were too soft for this world.

I was once again witness to a sea of love in remembrance to him at Forest Lawn Glendale on the anniversary of his birthday with homemade cards, roses and sunflowers sent from all around the globe. He led a compassionate, giving life spreading joy and love with his gifts to the world as he inspired us to understand how helping others can help ourselves as well. The passion Michael Jackson’s fans put into their videos (see three at end of blog), flowers and gifts is testament to the care and love we all feel for him. I met Nicoletta who said “I came to Los Angeles from near Portafino, Italy from 27 August until 3 September just for Michael.”

Nicoletta Delamico artwork from Italy

No matter how much the negative nellies, the cynics and haters try to pass around lies, no matter how the media tabloid tried to make him into a caricature, Michael’s heart will always outshine the medialoid ( mainstream media infected by tabloid journalism). District attorney of Santa Barbara’s Tom Sneddon’s prosecution of Michael was so malicious and lasted for so long that it became a lifelong persecution and in spite of the witch hunt, Michael’s heart remained open and forgiving.

“You brought so much light and love to this world. Your imprint on this world will last forever.”

I started to think about why Michael Jackson means so much to me and how he taught us by example. Everything in quotes are direct from Michael Jackson.

Live for and be kind to others.

“But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.”

Reach for your dreams.

“Please go for your dreams. Whatever your ideals, you can become whatever you want to become.”

Practice your passion.

“The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.”

“Believe in yourself, “Study the greats and become greater.”

Be childlike.

“I’ll always be Peter Pan in my heart.”


“But no one can take my heart away from me”


“I love to read. I wish I could advise more people to read. There’s a whole new world in books. If you can’t afford to travel, you travel mentally through reading. You can see anything and go any place you want to in reading.”

Tell the Truth

“Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons. The truth will win this marathon in court.”

Believe in G-d.

“But for me the sweetest contact with God has no form. I close my eyes, look within, and enter a deep soft silence. The infinity of God’s creation embraces me.”

― Michael JacksonDancing the Dream

Stay innocent, not judgmental.

“And that’s what innocence is. It’s simple and trusting like a child, not judgmental and committed to one narrow point of view. If you are locked into a pattern of thinking and responding, your creativity gets blocked. You miss the freshness and magic of the moment. Learn to be innocent again, and that freshness never fades.”

Look for the stars.

“I’m going to search for my star until I find it. It’s hidden in the drawer of innocence, wrapped in a scarf of wonder.”

― Michael JacksonDancing the Dream

Care for each other.

“We are the world. We are the children. We are the ones to make a brighter day so let’s start giving. There’s a choice we’re making. We’re saving our own lives. It’s true we make a better day just you and me.”

Care about our planet.

“Heal the World, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race, there are people dying, if you care enough for the living, make it a better place for you and for me.”

Don’t take it personally.

“I just want you to recognize me, in the temple you can’t hurt me, I found peace within myself.” – Jam from Dangerous.

Fight against injustice.

“All I gotta say is they don’t really care about us.”

Recognize the Other Person Is You

“We’re taking over, we have the truth. This is the Mission. To see it through. We’re sending out a major love and this is our message to you. The planets are lining up, we’re bringing brighter days. They’re all in line, waiting for you. Can’t you see? You’re just another part of me.” –Another Part of Me from Bad.


“Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.”

“To give someone a piece of your heart is worth more than all the wealth in the world.”

“If you listen to his lyrics they are those of a modern day prophet and it beseeches us to listen to him and what he sang.”

-Elizabeth Taylor

Everything I Needed to Learn, I Learned from Michael Jackson

About hannahkozak

I am passionate about photography & have been making photos since I was a little girl. I have been a stunt woman for twenty five years. I have a passion for exploration, discovery, and escape. I dream of every place I seek to travel to. A recovering adrenaline junkie, I seek authenticity in everyday experiences. I love Kundalini Yoga,travel, books,writing and authentic, real experiences and people. I brake for squirrels. Que le vaya bien! View all posts by hannahkozak

18 responses to “Everything I Needed to Learn, I Learned From Michael Jackson

  • Bonnie

    You’ve outdone yourself Hannah. I loved this so much. What a beautiful bittersweet day to visit Holly Terrace. The sun was out and it looked beautiful. The gifts and flowers touched my heart. I’m going to post this on my site. I know the fans will love it. All I can say is wow. – Love Bonnie

  • Moniek Krouwel-Schuurman

    Beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing this! Michael will be missed forever but never forgotten!
    From Neverlands.

  • Lia

    now you made me cry………..beautiful dear Hannah
    L.O.V.E. from Portugal.

  • Uli W.

    Hannah….thanks again for this touching impressions ….an angel went back to heaven and it was too soon … he’s loved and missed …I know or we know he’s watching us and we must keep his legacy alive … especially on these days his b-day or the sad day in June … we need so much strength to keep our heads up..but we’re not alone ..God bless you Hannah. Germany

  • Door

    What a beautiful story; so intense and emotional, sooo Michael. Thanks Hannah (you know you are a palindrome?) -lol- Love, Door

  • marcela torres

    absolutely wonderful Hannah..just soo well written, you have such a gift for describe the feelings and emotions we all feel about MJ, our teacher, our friend..I am so thankful to him for brought us together, I feel soo blessed for this..your journey was incredible, thank you soo much for sharing..I was in total awe watching the videos and photos all my friends posted..I know I will be up there next june to finally pay my respects..that day my heart and soul will be complete..Love and blessings dear Hannah..Marcela from buenos aires, argentina

  • Sophie

    Thank you so much, dear Hannah, for this wonderful and very touching text and the emotional photos! It is so true what you say about Michael and it made me cry. There is and always will be so much love for him and we all will go on fighting for his vindication! God bless you! Lots of love from Sophie, Germany

  • Brigitte Pfisterer

    Wonderful words Hannah!!! You express so well what I feel.
    His great soul is still so present, his words still so perfect …
    Thank you so much ❤ LOVE ❤ Brigitte from Vienna

  • Hanna from Poland

    I’m speechless… you made me cry… thank you my sister in the sorrow…
    A lot of hugs from Poland…

  • Nena Snezana Akhtar

    Thank you so much dearest Hannah ❤ You have touched my heart and soul so deeply…Wonderful, loving worlds of a beautiful woman with a diamond heart ❤ Thank you very much ❤ Much LOVE from Nena, Munich/Germany ❤

  • noramoya50

    Thank you , Hannah , for sharing your visit to Forest Lawn ! I was there in June 25th. But I feel Michael wherever I am ! He is always inside my heart and my mind ! And I love all my MJ friends all over this Earth ! This was an extra special bonus from His Legacy ! Love to all,Nora. From Brazil

  • Pauli Arabanos

    This is such a wonderful place to come and reflect about MJ and his gifts. What a great influence he had on children and people all around the world- most especially his love for animals. He lives forever in my heart – Pauli from Huntington Beach, California

  • yogabythesea

    I love the way you honor your friends, I love your passion to stand up for what you believe in and the way you do what’s right with all your might. God Bless you, God Bless Michael and God Bless our planet!
    Toby Vanderkloot

  • Sue Jackson

    Oh my goodness, that was totally beautiful, Hannah! Loved this and had tears; truly touched my heart :’)) Thank you! Best wishes, Sue, England

  • TheresaB

    Thank you! You have expressed perfectly why we love him so much.

  • Breezy Jackson

    Very good job, Hannah. 🙂 You write so beautifully. ❤ I know Michael is smiling on you. 🙂

  • cynthia kates

    Hannah, I love the quotes. Two of them stood out to me. Lies run sprints-truth runs a marathon. So, true. Truth lasts forever. Creativity is another important key to success. A guy recently said “who brought a box in the room” to a man who said “lets think outside of the box”. Excellent point. Michael was very smart. He was a perfect storm and that is why we will never have another Michael. How beautiful was that half rose and sunflower arrangement? Michael has the best fans. Michael thought like a child which is a very simple way to success. You put so much time into your blogs Hannah and I dare anyone to go against Michael with people like you behind him!

  • Martine Léonard

    Beautiful tribute for Michael. Hannah, thank you for these beautiful words ♥ From France

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