In Memoriam – David Bowie (1947 – 2016)

Through dangers untold, and hardships unnumbered…

This is a hardship indeed.

I woke up to a Monday morning text, sent from one of my best friends some time after midnight (I was already asleep). The text read, “I’m sorry to hear about David Bowie friend” which was followed by a sad, teary-eyed emoji.

Wait…what?!?! Was I dreaming? This had to be a nightmare. It just had to be.

I immediately jolted out of bed and checked online and found the awful news… . It was indeed true. A legend had passed. But how? When? Why? All these thoughts ran through my mind as fast as cars on the Autobahn, as the tears steadily streamed down my face. I was absolutely heartbroken and devastated. He had been battling liver cancer for 18 months. I felt even worse that I hadn’t known that until now. The only comforting part of it all was that it was said to have been a peaceful death, but one that I know many would mourn.

David Bowie (aka David Robert Jones) was first introduced to me in 1986, when I was a child, from the movie Labyrinth, which, since then, has been my all-time, absolute favorite movie. Every time I watched it, it took me out of the “real” world and brought me into a magical, musical fantasy-land, filled with adventure, humor, and love. It helped me escape my anxieties and worries and filled my heart with so much endless joy. The storyline and the music…I was always entertained, and for those reasons, still watch it several times a year.

David was also an extremely talented individual who released 28 albums during his musical career. Some may remember hits such as: Major Tom, Space Oddity, Life on Mars?, Heroes, Dancing in the Streets (a collaboration with Mick Jagger), China Girl, and many more. He also worked with Trevor Jones to create the soundtrack for Labyrinth (which just so happens to have some pretty catchy tunes as well). All-in-all, he was an incredibly creative man with a lust for life.

Some people may not understand what it’s like to lose someone you never had a privilege of personally knowing, but that doesn’t mean the loss doesn’t hit you as hard as it would if it was someone you knew well. David’s character in Labyrinth [Jareth the Goblin King] was someone who impacted my life in such an incredibly positive way and brought me so much happiness, both as a child and an adult. I can never thank him for that, however it is something I will always cherish.

Words cannot express the emptiness I feel as I have to say goodbye to the best part of my childhood. But I will carry him in my heart forever, and he will live on every time I watch his movies or listen to his music.

My sincerest condolences go out to his family for their loss. He was loved and adored by many.

If you have thoughts and memories of David Bowie, please share them in the comments. I’d love to hear them.

Thank you for reading.