Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave all day today, you will have heard the utterly shite news that David Bowie has died.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like at least some of his music, because his output was so unbelievably diverse. Much has been said in the news about how influential he has been in modern music, but he was so much more than a musician.
Bowie gave the masterclass in how not to give a fuck about what anyone thought of him. He did whatever he wanted, extremely fricking well, and wasn’t afraid to be absolutely true to himself, even if that “self” kept changing dramatically.
If you have a burning desire to stay exactly as you are for ever, then do that. It’s your right and privilege.
However, if you feel the urge to change things in your life, then don’t wait for everyone else’s approval before you give yourself the go-ahead. You will always have people around you who don’t want you to change. It’s not because they aren’t supportive, it’s because they love the “you” that you are now.
You’re different, and you must embrace that. You have something unique to give the world, and you might have to wait a long time before gaining approval from your friends and family to live the way you want to.
David Bowie was a legend because he listened to the voice in his head and worked hard to gift his ideas to the world. There may be many other “Bowies” walking the planet right now with genius whirl-pooling inside them, but if they don’t get over their fear of failure, rejection or having to work hard for it, their genius will die with them.
Imagine if the rock-star scientists like Da Vinci, Darwin and Einstein hadn’t conveyed what was going on in their brilliant brains. What genius insights have been lost because their owners didn’t have the balls or tenacity to get them out there?
If you have ideas, talents or a desire to be different, then it’s your duty to the whole fricking human race to be the person you feel you were born to be.
And it doesn’t matter if you change your mind along the way.
It’s not all about being a global legend; when you are true to yourself you inspire and encourage others to do the same. You may never be famous or rich, but you can give something to others that money cannot buy – you give the gift of your true self, and in doing so you give others permission to do the same.
If you need a regular reminder to be the best bad-ass version of yourself, then you can sign up to my emails which I send out every weekday, to inspire you to give less fucks about what everyone else thinks and get serious about claiming your happiness.
Rest in Peace, DB and thank you for sharing, inspiring and just being you. Whichever “you” you were at the time.