I grew up listening to Careless Whisper, Freedom, Faith, Father Figure and Last Christmas.  George Michael’s music was weaved into my Walkman’s mixed tape beside Michael Jackson, Boy George, David Bowie and Prince. The soundtrack of my youth.

As I heard the news of George Michael’s untimely passing on Christmas day, it reminded me how short life really is and how everyone will have a last Christmas.  We just won’t know it.

George Michael broke a lot of barriers and created a lot of magic during his short life.

He once said, “You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.”

We can all take note of that.  Our heart decides and it is up to us if we will listen to what it has to say.

We must have faith in our abilities and that is the key to our freedom.  That is what will set us free.

George Michael once said, “I’ve achieved what every artist wants, which is that some of their work will outlive them.”

We will be listening to his songs for many years to come.  And while we do that, let’s make our own plans to do something that will outlive us.  Let’s make our mark.  Share our gift. Create some magic. Find our peace.  Wake up before you go.