11 January 2016 was a strange kind of day…
We awoke to the sad news that David Bowie has passed away after a long battle with cancer. In some ways, it feels as if we all knew him as his music has provided a kind of soundtrack to our lives for so long. I also heard today of another passing, this time a family loss, which saddens me and, especially, someone close to me. These two together bring back sad memories of another’s passing. The intensity of grief fades over time and hopefully allows the happy memories to remain, but, on occasions, it is triggered again by unforeseen happenings.
I won’t try to extol David Bowie’s extraordinary life, as there have been, and will be, many more who are well placed to do that. It is clear he touched many lives. Whether we are famous or not, when we pass, we leave a space in other people’s lives and the challenge for those left behind is how to come to terms and live with that.
I’m sorry if this sounds gloomy: it’s not meant to be. Rather, it reminds me of the need to be thankful for those in our lives now, as well as for those we carry in our hearts, as they have helped us on our journey to be who we are today.
We may or may not be famous, although we are all individual and special. It is easy to be happy and positive when life is good. When life is more challenging, it really can be helpful to be more mindful and we can do this by becoming aware of our breathing, our fundamental link to life.
Happy or sad, however, I find you today, I send you good wishes and suggest you might like to consider if you are making the most of your day today. If you are, I congratulate you. If not, perhaps you might like to think about your breathing and your connection to this wonderful thing we all share: life.
© Sarah Swan (11 January 2016)