In 1982, he was paralyzed from a serious car accident.
But Harry Wayne Casey survived, re-learning how to walk, dance and play the piano.
Today, Casey is not a household name. But the musical group he created – KC and the Sunshine Band – was famous the world over during the height of the disco era.
In fact, the band is often credited for launching the disco dance moves of the 1970s.
Casey created a monster hit.
But he wasn’t happy.
“I couldn’t go anywhere.” explained Casey in a 2015 interview with the Huffington Post.
Fame, it seems, isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
In fact, Casey explained: “It was the loneliest time of my life. I just wanted out.”
Millions of fans loved KC and the Sunshine band. They loved the music. They loved how they could dance to the music.
But they didn’t love Casey. They didn’t even know him.
And he knew it.
It made Casey feel – believe it or not – unloved.
But now, at age 65, Casey looks back and has a different view of things.
In his words, “It has taken me 40 years to understand who Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band is. I know that my music has brought a lot of enjoyment to a lot of people. My purpose was to bring joy into people’s lives.”
It’s a bit like that with us too.
Every day, we struggle with our jobs and personal lives. Often, I wonder why I bother working so hard. To what end?
But we need to see things with a wider lens.
I realize, for example, that I have helped create a better world for my family, friends and those who work with me.
While we may not know it, because of life’s busyness – we are, in fact, making a difference.
Take time this week to consider all that you’ve created.
Harry Wayne Casey has.
And that’s the way he likes it.
The year is 1975 and KC and the Sunshine Band is at the top of the charts.
Top photo: Courtesy Brad P.