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Read a Treasured Dream

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C. Glen Williams 12th Jan 2016, 12:00 AM edit delete
I’ve been reading a lot of tributes to David Bowie today. They’ve all been wonderful. And as I’ve read, I’ve noticed recurring themes.

• Bowie made us dream about the future.
• Bowie made the world a weirder place.
• Bowie made people feel more comfortable about being themselves.

And through it all, there is a sadness that nobody is there to step into David Bowie’s shoes.

And that’s because we all need to step into them, together.

Bowie helped you to dream about the future? It’s your time now to guide somebody else to dream about the future. Bowie made you feel more comfortable being who you are? Now it’s your turn to help somebody else feel comfortable with themselves. Bowie made the world a weirder place? You can make the world a weirder place, too.

You may not have the audience David Bowie did, and that’s all right. Bowie didn’t have Bowie’s audience when he began. His original video for “Space Oddity” is something you could make in your garage. Usually when somebody says that, it’s a statement on how far technology has come. But in this case, it’s a statement on how Bowie literally played Ground Control as a guy in a red cap and a white t-shirt with “GC” written on both of them. His space capsule was a common camera effect. His space suit was cobbled together from bits and pieces that could be found in thrift stores. Bowie’s first music video could be recreated today in a garage with an iPhone, a tripod on wheels, and props and costumes from the thrift store.

Don’t bemoan the fact that nobody is there to fill the void left by Bowie – do what you can to help fill it.

If somebody tells you they don’t like what you do, don’t let that stop you – make more and make it louder until it finds the people who will love it. If somebody tells you they don’t like who you are, then be more of who you are – be the most *you* you can be, because you don’t have to satisfy everybody else. If somebody tells you that the codpiece on your costume is going to offend people, strap a twelve-inch phallus to the front of it and bounce across the goddamn stage.

Make the world a weirder place. Make the future awesome. Make a place for the misfits to feel like they belong.

David Bowie is gone. David Bowie will be sorely missed.

We’re going to need a lot more volunteer Davids Bowie.

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