Since David Bowie passed away, on January 10th, 2016, people have been revisiting – and some of them even discovering for the first time – his immensely varied body of work. Through his thought-provoking art and the many witticisms he has shared in interviews throughout the years, this one-of-a-kind, never to be forgotten artist has many things to teach us about ourselves and about how to see the world. Here are only a few of the things David Bowie has taught us.
- To believe in ourselves
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”
- To stand up for the voiceless
“And these children
that you spit on
as they try to change their worlds
are immune to your consultations.
They’re quite aware
of what they’re going through.”
“I should live my life on bended knee
If I can’t control my destiny.
You’ve got to have a scheme.
You’ve got to have a plan.
In the world of today.
For tomorrow’s man”
(from “No Control”)
- To have work integrity
“I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.”
- To question everything in order find our own way
“I’ve always questioned dictums, I’ve always questioned what I’ve been told and the things I’ve got to live by.”
- To seek like-minded people
“Cause I’d rather stay here
With all the madmen
Than perish with the sadmen roaming free
And I’d rather play here
With all the madmen
For I’m quite content they’re all as sane
(from “All the Madmen”)
If you’ve been as passionate about Bowie’s transforming mark into this world, you may like this read about all the ways in which we should be grateful for artistic challenge
- And to fall for those who accept us the way we are
“I have someone who loves me for me. Seriously, it REALLY helps!”
- To keep an eye out for the future
“Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.”
- To not give in to fear
“In your fear, seek only peace.
In your fear, seek only love.”
- To lighten up
“I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.”
Anca Rotar is a Romanian-born writer, over-thinker and caffeine addict. She is the author of two books, Hidden Animals and Before It Sets You Free, both available from Amazon.com. Among her interests, which she finds it hard to shut up about, she counts fashion, yoga, city breaks and deadpan sarcasm. She is also currently studying Japanese, so wish her luck. You can sample bits of Anca’s creative writing here.