Major loss(es) to the music industry.. live your life

Posted Friday, January 15th, 2016. Filed Under Voices of wisdom

David Bowie died yet he lived right up until the end of his last day. He released his last album just days before he died. Only a few people knew he was sick. His death came as a shock to the industry and fans alike.

It turns out that the entertainment industry lost a few others as well: Rene Angelil (Celine Dion’s husband), Alan Rickman to name a few and the year has just begun.

We live in a nostalgic world. We love when our old favourites go on tour so that we can see them one last time. How many “last tours” have the Rolling Stones done? Bruce Springsteen is coming to Toronto in a few weeks and I would love to see him. Not only for the fact he is playing his River album, which is one of my favourite albums, but also because who knows if I will ever have the chance again. I hope he lives for many more years.

The one thing I love about Bowie is how he chose to live his life right until the end. What amazes me is how many people choose not to live their live to the fullest. This weekend I was up north skiing at my old ski club. I love to ski. I ran into friends and caught up. My friend and I attended the apres ski and we ran into other friends who told us about a live band that was playing and there would be dancing. We decided to go. I had to borrow clothes and shoes as I did not bring up partying clothes, rather my comfy sweats.

We go to the party and listen to the band. It is a group of 4 or 5 men (can’t remember) who were in their early 60s I would say. The music wasn’t quite my era however it was fun and rock and roll and made me think of my parents. The music began and very few people were dancing. My friends and I looked at each other and said, ‘let’s dance.. who cares if no one is dance.. we love to dance’. So dance we did. Shortly after more and more people joined us. I was bopping around. I didn’t care. On one of the breaks one of the band members came over and thanked my friend and I for dancing. We said thank you to him for playing such good music.

During the night I wanted the friend who told us about the band to come and join us dancing and his response was, “I prefer to observe and let people come to me”. I looked at him and said, “I prefer to participate and if people want to join me, great.”

I do believe there is a time to observe and a time to participate. However, I choose now to participate more and observce less (I do love people watching though!). People, myself included, hang back and wait for others to make that first step especially when in large social situations. I am not sure but that may be more of a Torontonian thing. When I am travelling I find people so engaging and friendly.

In life you always have a choice. If you choose to hang back and observe than do just that, observe. I hope that when life offers itself you also choose to participate and don’t worry about what others think, say or do. Make the choice that is right for you!

I want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend.

All my love,


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