You feel like a failure. You know, a failure like Elon Musk. To quote the irresponsible risk taking and brilliant Mr Musk:
“The end of 2008 was really really terrible. I never thought of myself as somebody who could have a nervous breakdown…. I came pretty close honestly in 2008 the day before Christmas…. We just barely made it.”
Q: “So you did have those experiences?” A: “We had multiple near death experiences. Like death on the nose. Not just in front of you.'”
Q “What’s it like when you go all in and you are about to lose?” A: “It’s quite a terrible emotion actually.”
So maybe Elon is crazy. He risked his own failure and thousands of people’s jobs. But he isn’t a failure. He rebounded pretty well it turns out. Because he was willing to face death and total failure and keep fighting. To use his words “death on the tip of your nose” and then salvation one hour before Tesla would have gone bankrupt.
One hour. One single hour away from complete devastation.
“Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged”
– Joshua 1:9
He is up there as an innovator in my my mind with the likes of Grace Jones
I know Madonna and Lady Gaga will live well beyond their time with us with such constant renewal and reinvention.
And it makes me also think of Elvis Presley of course. But I really don’t remember.
David Byrne describing creativity and the difficulty of diversity
How did I get here?
David and so many of these other artists were such a huge influence on me and I’m not even a musician. Mr. David Bowie – your talent will be remembered and your creativity will continue to inspire. I hope they play this one at your funeral because this is how I prefer to imagine your life-after my friend.
Applause Applause Indeed to you Mr. Bowie. And as you did so many times, I give credit to the people you influenced. The people who carry your legacy on.
There is nothing wrong with those that want the “normal” life. Or is there? I can’t say I “miss it” as I’m not sure what a “normal life” looks like.
Here is what I do know. I may be crazy, and you may have been crazy, but I’d rather live life to it’s fullest with or without applause, but definitely a life without regrets. I’ve failed brilliantly and publicly many times. So you reinvented, and I learned that from the few, the rare, the audacious artists who were told “you can’t fly silly little man” and you said “fuck you, fly to keep up with me or we aren’t in the same flock.”
I don’t think I’m in your league in any way with my humble accomplishments, but I give you credit and I give you applause from another talent inspired by creative giants like yourself.