What I've Learned From David Bowie / by Samuel Brownson

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." -David Bowie

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring."

-David Bowie

David Bowie seldom stayed the same. Often times he made transformations that morphed him into something unrecognizable to his past selves.

But it was these constantly evolving personas that drew his fans close to him. They shed light on the trite but quietly serious question, "What does it mean to be me?"

In response to this question, Bowie always seemed just shrugged his shoulders, put on a new hat, and try something new and uncomfortable that excited him. He changed his art and his art changed him. Looking back now, we all know who Bowie was, at least in spirit: his life as an artist is laid out behind him, and it stretches outward in all directions, almost infinitely. But the beauty of his life was that he was never quite satisfied with the answer to that question -- he was continually searching with his creations, and it was that searching that I always deeply connected with.

I've learned this from Bowie's life: don't avoid change -- cultivate it. It is an opportunity for imagination. You don't have to know where you're going -- no one really does. You just have to discover what's there.

RIP Ziggy.

Sam