Thirty-Eight years ago, Michael Jackson released an album that cemented his status as the world’s biggest pop star.
“Thriller,” released on November 30, 1982, went on to become the world’s best-selling music album in history. Featuring hits like the title track as well as “Beat It” and “Billie Jean,” has sold over 33 million copies, and counting, in the United States alone, according to recent numbers from the Recording Industry Association of America.
Despite his global success and massive earning power, Jackson was adamant about not getting complacent with his career. For that reason, the singer said he refused to display his numerous awards (13 Grammy Awards, for example) in his home. He didn’t want to sap his work ethic.
I got on to the bus. Seeing the crowd inside, I was upset. There was no place to sit. Just then, a person vacated his seat.The man standing next to the vacant seat could have sat there, but instead he offered the seat to me.
At the next stop, the same thing happened again. He gave his seat to another. This happened 4 times during the entire journey. The man looked like a normal worker, returning home after a long day at work…
At the last stop when all of us got off, I spoke to him.
“Why were you giving your seat to another person every time you got a vacant seat?” His answer took me by surprise. “I haven’t studied much in my life nor do I know many things. I don’t have much money either. So I don’t have anything much to give to anyone. That’s why I do this everyday. It is something I can do easily.
“After working all day I can stand for a little longer. I gave my seat to you and you said thank you. It gave me satisfaction that I did something for someone. I do this daily & feel I am contributing in some way. I go back home refreshed & happy every day that I gave something to someone.”
I was speechless!
Wanting to do something for someone on a daily basis is the ultimate gift.
This stranger taught me a lot – How easy it is to be rich from within!
“She was no use at maths homework, and some days you could starve rather than get a hot meal from her, but Shuggie looked at her now and understood this was where she excelled. Everyday with the make-up on and her hair done, she climbed out of her grave and held her head high. When she had disgraced herself with drink, she got up the next day, put on her best coat, and faced the world. When her belly was empty and her weans were hungry, she did her hair and let the world think otherwise.”
A heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction. It is a blistering debut by a brilliant novelist who has a powerful and important story to tell.
Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York City, where he began a career in fashion design. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and on LitHub. Shuggie Bain is his first novel. https://www.douglasdstuart.com