different is okay

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I’ve listened to David Bowie in the car or at home with my kids, but I’ve never specifically introduced them to his music.  With his passing, however cliche it seems, I felt it important to tell them about him and literally listen to his music all day long.  I showed them pictures, videos and we listened to countless songs.  Most entertaining was the original Space Oddity video from 1969:

There are only a handful of musicians who stand out as icons for me. David Bowie is one of them.  His artistry moves out of the realm of “just music” into something indescribable, kind of like magic.  Not only was he the Goblin King that glued me to the television at the tender age of 6, but through the years he became a constant reminder that it’s okay to be different.

While listening with my kids on the way to school the other morning, Miles asked what a rebel was.  After clearing this up, Nolan speaks up, “Miles, you’re a rebel because you won’t cut your hair like other boys.”  Exactly Nolan!

I can’t tell you enough how often I get asked, “when are you going to cut Miles’ hair?”, or my personal favorite, “why do you let him wear his hair like that?”  I could go on and on.   I don’t let him do anything, it’s his choice.  He likes long hair, Nolan likes it short, who cares?  In a sea of short haired 7 year olds I will always be able to find my long haired boy.  He told me once, “I just feel more like me when my hair is long.”   Enough said.

David Bowie is the most perfect example I can think of that shows that you don’t have to fit into the mold to be loved, heard, or to succeed in life. That’s the kind of example and mindset I hope to teach my kids.  We can’t all fit in perfectly, being different is okay! The best thing we can do is to be true to ourselves and allow our children to do the same.

Thank you Mr. Bowie for all you have done for this world.  You will live on forever in your music. May you be blessed and find happiness in whatever adventure awaits you next.

Erin

10 Comments

  1. Colin

    Beautifully written Erin! Bowie communicated HIS way, it worked. I love his artistic works, Ziggy Stardust, Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Zoolander, and his collaboration with Freddie Mercury/Queen ~

  2. So awesome!

    On this part… “David Bowie is the most perfect example I can think of that shows that you don’t have to fit into the mold to be loved, heard, or to succeed in life. That’s the kind of example and mindset I hope to teach my kids.”

    In the future, if your work “fits into a mold” you will likely be automated out of a job by a computer. Long live creative people who can think for themselves! They are the only ones that can save us from our robot overlords.

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