2016 serves as a clear and present reminder that no matter who we are, or what amazing feats we bring to this earth, death eventually becomes us all.
I recall back to January, as I was preparing for a conference and putting the break playlists together, including many of Bowie’s classics, as the news of his death had just been reported and I, like so many of us, found myself needing to listen to and find comfort in, the sounds that formed much of my youth.
The list of influencers “checking out” continued throughout the year and I have now created a 2016 ‘ode to’ playlist.
In honour of Carrie Fisher’s memory, last night I sat and watched “Star Wars – A New Hope”. I remember sitting in the theatre for the first time in absolute awe of this movie and as a 10 year old girl, looking at that feisty, beautiful, Princess and thinking that taking some of her resolve on board, could only serve me well.
I didn’t feel grief re-watching the movie, I felt tremendous gratitude.
And I suggest to all of you who may be lamenting over so much loss in the global creative community to follow suit. Take all the beauty, inspiration, comfort and joy found in the dearly departed’s art – and tuck all those memories and emotions, safely in your heart.
So I thank 2016 for reminding me to enjoy every sacred second of this beautiful, crazy, life and I extend a warm “Aloha” to 2017, infused with the beautiful energies of excitement, peace and hope, as for those of us still here…the adventure continues.