Growing up in a family of David Bowie lovers was a wondrous experience. I can still remember the first time I heard “Changes.” For Christmas one year, my dad bought my mother a CD of Bowie’s greatest hits, and my mom put it on in the car. I remember wanting to listen to nothing else for days, and thus my love of Bowie began.
It only deepened when I saw Labrinyth for the first time and hasn’t stopped, even now, twenty-two years later.
The day that David Bowie died, two days after his 69th birthday, I cried in my old office. I sat at my desk and felt like we’d never get the answers that Bowie seemingly knew. We’d never know about life beyond our Earth because he’d returned to wherever it is that David Bowie hailed from. A brilliantly talented man who taught us all to be true to ourselves, no matter how out there and weird that may be, David Bowie still remains a figure for many of us to look up to.
Blackstar, the last album that Bowie put out, was eerily timed. “Lazarus”, which was released not even a month before his death, starts with “Look up here, I’m in Heaven,” and the message was not lost on his fans. It just furthered our obsession with him and his out-of-this-world personality, and still, we miss him constantly.
So today, on what would have been his 72nd birthday, fans are sharing Bowie stories on Twitter.
Happy Birthday, Bowie. You are missed. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/VMhE1KW8yd
— Frank Garcia-Hejl (@frankgarciahejl) January 8, 2019
The musician was someone who could reach out to everyone through his lyrics, reminding us that we’re not alone in this world.
“That’s the shock: All cliches are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is.” – David Bowie pic.twitter.com/5PhPtLrOXP
— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) January 8, 2019
He was clearly a man who knew more of the world than any of us could possibly imagine.
— BFI (@BFI) January 8, 2019
We don’t know where he’s gone, but at least we know it isn’t boring.
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring”.
72 years ago, David Bowie was born in Brixton, London. pic.twitter.com/aUfO292Gxa
— Rock N Roll Pictures (@RockNRollPics) January 8, 2019
Rest in Peace, David. And hopefully, wherever you are, you’re celebrating amongst the stars, where you’ve always belonged.
(image: Evening Standard/Getty Images)
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