Do you remember going through puberty, that awkward stage where acne breaks out all over your face and your body starts to change seemingly overnight? Well, I do. I remember feeling like my head was bigger than my body, my nose was too large for my face, and to top it off I was tall and skinny with big feet. When you’re going through puberty, it seems like you go to bed one night and don’t recognize the person standing in the mirror looking back at you the next morning. Michael Jackson was no different than any of us yet we treated him as such. Michael Jackson went from being an adorable little boy who wowed us with a voice that seemed to be before his time to a teenager trying to adjust to the changes in his body. He went through puberty, this awkward and often deeply personal phase of life, right before the world’s eyes. Can you imagine how hard it must have been to embrace those physical changes with the world watching, catching every pimple, bump and blemish? To make matters worse, the media scrutinized and judged him for going through something that is so natural. Watch the following video to get a better understanding of how Michael felt about this time in his life in his own words.
It saddens me that Michael felt as though he was going through this alone. We ALL have felt ugly in some way at one point in our lives, but we had a close friend to confide in. I wonder who Michael shared his concerns and insecurities with. Just think about what he felt for a minute; wanting so badly to stop what was happening to his body, but he couldn’t because it was apart of life, not knowing who he could really trust with how he felt, not loving the person staring back at him in the mirror because people thought the “new” Michael was ugly, and having to smile and bare the silent pain and confusion he felt within. Michael Jackson struggled with these new physical changes just like many of us did during the puberty stage.
Even today a lot of our children feel just like Michael Jackson not knowing where to turn or what resources are available to help them in their transition from a child to an adolescent. I do believe if Michael Jackson wasn’t in the limelight he would have handled the changes his body was going through a lot better. He probably would have accepted the way his facial features were changing and learned to love the man in mirror. So teens take time to learn from the internal pain Michael was inflicting on himself by not opening up and seeking help sooner. Please go to www.acne-resource.org and find out ways to cope with acne and talk to someone you can trust. Remember going through puberty is only as hard as we make it. Thank you Michael Jackson for sharing your life with us and teaching us life lessons along the way. Rest In Peace. You will never be forgotten.
How much of a role do you think society’s views and standards of beauty played in Michael’s ever changing facial features over the years? Check out this video to see how his face changed over the years.
Mikenda Early is 32 years old and a mother of three. She currently resides in Nashville, TN. She’s working on her first fiction novel while attending Nashville State pursuing a degree in Nursing.
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