A large portion of the world is in shock today. Stunned by the news that the legend that is David Bowie has passed away after a battle with cancer.
I’m a bit too young to have been a proper fan of his music at the time, but I certainly grew up with it all around me. And, whatever someone’s age, I doubt there’s many who couldn’t sing at least one of his songs. He was a true icon; one of the few people in the world that created their fantasy world and lived it every day.
My big influence from David Bowie came from the 1986 movie, Labyrinth. I was only six years old when it was actually released, and I can’t tell you when I first saw it, or how I came across it. But it’s still a regular disc in my DVD player.
Through my teens, it ‘spoke to me’ in the same way it ‘spoke to’ many teenage girls: through my adolescent belief that the world treats me unfairly, through my love of fantasy and escapism, and, although we giggled at his very tight trousers, the massive crush we all had on the Goblin King.
But, even more than that, it showed that a girl could be a hero, even when her heart is getting tangled up into the romance of it all. Even today, there are still too few positive pop culture role models for young girls, but back in the 80s and early 90s, it was barely thought of.
With Sarah’s words—”You have no power over me”—I discovered that I could be the hero of my own story, even if I do still want to fall in love with the bad guy, or wear pretty dresses. Because those things don’t have to be contradictions, they don’t have to be opposites.
So, thank you Mr Bowie, for the magic and the fantasy. I hope that, wherever you are now, it’s everything you ever dreamed of.