Forever Young: RIP Dick Clark

Forever Young: RIP Dick Clark

As I was writing today’s post yesterday afternoon, I was stopped short by a news feed that came across my screen to let me know that another great in the pop and rock music world has left us. We all know him; most everyone has watched him in some way on TV over the years.

Dick Clark will forever be known as the guy who always looked young, never seemed to age. I remember all the things said about him in the ‘80s and ‘90s, how he always looked the same. At the age of 82, he still had the look of someone much younger than he was.

So yesterday I get that news and decided we need to use this to ask the question: “how would you keep looking young?” I wish I could keep that young look that long. Gwynne and many others I meet tell me I look young. Yes, I feel young at times, but then sometimes I feel older than I am.

In life we all will be known for something. And as ageless as he seemed, Dick Clark will be known for more than looking young; to so many of us he will be remembered as the guy who hosted American Bandstand. He introduced us to awesome artists who sang on his show. He built a great following of people who spanned generations by providing a showcase for up-and-coming music talent on a TV show where people danced and sang and just enjoyed themselves for an hour or so every week.

Others will never think of a New Year’s Eve party and the dropping of the ball on New York’s Times Square without thinking of Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve. Even the last few years he was still involved with the show though he did not work the street portion anymore.

The thing I cannot remember Dick Clark ever doing is anything that was negative. I’m sure he had his days in life that were bad days. I’m sure he was not always perfect; after all who is? But he is always shown with that smile that says better days are ahead – and they’re here now. It’s the beginning of a brand new day. I guess that is why he hosted the New Year’s Eve event. He gave you that feeling that the New Year was going to be filled with happiness and prosperity. It was the smile and the attitude.

So while our theme for the week is RockStar Crazy, let’s look at the crazy idea of always presenting ourselves positively. This may sound crazy but ask people in your life this question: “Do I show that I believe life is great? Or do I show you that tough times are ahead?”

I want to leave this world just like Dick Clark did: remembered for my positive attitude and my belief that you can create a better world if you just work at it. So while we say, “Thanks for the great memories, Dick. Thanks for giving us a great look at the upcoming year as you introduced it every New Years Eve,” we also say “Goodbye and rest in peace. Our hearts go to all your close family as they face this loss.”

Be the image you want the world to be for you and live your dream in this world.  I want to leave you today with one of the greatest Dick Clark quotes of all time:

“Music is the soundtrack of your life.”

-Dick Clark,1929-2012

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Live the image you want others to see in you and be a RockStar to your world.”

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