Opening up is not always easy...
being honest about your feelings
is not always as simple as it sounds...
speaking freely is not always
as easy as it should be...
telling someone what they want to hear
might be the right thing for you
to do in the short term,
but as time goes on that same person
may need to be gently coerced
into changing their ways
in order to turn their life around -
because people sometimes feel caged,
people sometimes feel trapped,
people sometimes feel silently enraged,
people sometimes feel as if they
are on a journey to somewhere
they know they want to go
but they do not know the right path to walk,
nor do they have any sort of a map.
Discovering that we are somehow different,
but at the same time living a life in parallel
to someone else, can be both confusing
and exciting at the same time...
further exploration of what we feel
we know about ourselves can be like
having a revelation that changes
everything about the world
that you thought you already knew:
a lie can become the truth,
and the truth can become a lie.
Knowing how, when, where,
and to whom to open up to
can be like trying to cross a minefield -
because some people are more accepting
about certain things than others are...
knowing how and what to say
as accurately as possible
what you may have been mulling over
for what feels like your entire life
is sometimes something that needs
to be rehearsed in front of a mirror...
it can sometimes be easier to tell
a complete stranger your innermost secrets
than it can be to expose yourself
to those who have known you the longest -
because there is something about
talking to someone who you
don't even know the name of
that can make it easier
for you to open up.
Over the course of his life
he excited, he electrified, he entertained,
and he enriched the world through
his gift of creating art and music
that instantly struck and stayed
in the heart and in the mind of people,
like a bolt of lightning from the sky,
that made people feel, think,
and imagine things that they
may never have felt, thought,
nor dreamt of before.
He had a voice, he had a spirit,
he had a charm, a charisma, a presence
that could immediately captivate
crowds of fans and make them want
to sing and dance and lift up
their eyes and their hands,
because he was able to make
people feel as if they
could reach out and touch
the energy of a star
that could inspire them with a purpose
that was able to show just how varied
and full of colour each of us are -
and to this day he and his music
makes us consider a variety of possibilities,
including whether there really is
Life on Mars.
He was a man who was not afraid of change,
nor of changing his identity
and how he was perceived...
he was a man who was not afraid
nor of collaboration with fellow artists
who he jived with and felt as if
they understood him
and also spoke the language of magic,
imagination and inspiration that he did.
He was a hero, and he still is...
he was, he is, and he always will be
an icon and a god of music in the eyes
of millions of people around the world -
and who he was and what he did
was all that he ever wanted to be:
a man who transcended
but who was also connected to the world,
a man who left an indelible legacy,
a man who gave us all a part of his soul
to remember him by,
a man who had he not died would
today have celebrated turning 75,
a man whose face we will forever see,
a man whose songs will be listened to
by generation after generation on repeat:
the man, the legend, the one and the only