I don’t know where I’m going, but I promise it won’t be boring. —David Bowie

On this Throwback Thursday, I’ve got passion on my mind, because, well, passion is everything for the creative mind. We spend hours writing down thoughts, strumming chords, playing with colors — name it — in the name of passion.

Looking through archives, I came across the picture above. David Bowie, performing in sailor suit, 1978. Talk about a creative soul. Talk about passion. Talk about love for the arts.

In the school choir, Bowie was told his voice didn’t standout but his teachers did notice he had an artistic soul. At 15, he formed his first band. Success didn’t follow for a long time.

Never deterred, Bowie enrolled in dance classes and continued pursuing his passion for theater and music, which would eventually lead to his immense success.

In an interview, Bowie said success afforded him the privilege of focusing on his many passions: music, dance, painting, photography. Outside of that, fame only helped in getting a better table at a restaurant.

Art, he wrote, was seriously the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way that I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.

Reading about Bowie is reading about passion. About heart. About an insatiable curiosity that must be satisfied through the next layer of discovery, and the next, in ways we arrange words, colors, the pattern of chords. 

Passion. It’s unending. Tormenting. Reassuring. Scary and spectacular.

Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn. — John Wesley



15 responses to “Passion

  1. An interesting soul.

  2. Oh I LOVE this story about David and his love for passion and the arts. I sure as heck wish there was this mindset and encouragement to keep pushing for what you loved when I was younger!! I applaud people who keep pushing!!

  3. Hi Silvia – it’s amazing to learn the back stories of talented people – love reading this … cheers Hilary

  4. Silvia – I am speechless and stunning presentation in this post!!

  5. Awesome quote from John Wesley. Yes, yes, yes. Nice tribute to Bowie as well.

  6. What an inspiring post to read! I remember when he died, I kept watching one documentary after the other, to get to know more about him, beyond the music. He was an amazing person, and I like how you connect him with passion here. I think he helped others find their passion too.

    • It was sad, reading about this death. For so much talent to leave this world, when so much more could’ve been given. Luckily, we can revisit the gifts he left behind. Thank you so much for coming by.

  7. What a nice tribute of a post. I agree – passion is important to all of us. I hope mostly that everybody finds their passion, because once you do, you have new wings.

  8. A multi-talented soul he was!

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