An entire generation of readers and approximately two generations of artists have all been mourning this week. Legends in the arts, both Alan Rickman and David Bowie passed away at the age of 69 due to cancer. Each death was met with shock (had anyone known?) and public outcry. Though I was never a fan of David Bowie (I just never really got into most of his music), I’m well aware of how vastly different the music scene would be right now if it weren’t for him. Being a fan of Harry Potter and Alan Rickman’s work (I might have first stumbled upon him from Dogma?), his death has saddened me the most. No one else was more fit for the role of Severus Snape and no one else would have been able to deliver the single word that made everyone a Lily X Snape fan for life (face it, we all went down with that ship).
The outpouring and grief from fans has been at once touching and eyeopening. Their deaths, it seems, has made every creative take pause.
I don’t know how to live in a world without David Bowie and Alan Rickman, but I’m gonna start by being bold and creative and weird as hell.
— Delilah S. Dawson (@DelilahSDawson) January 14, 2016
The above has been one of my favorite things I’ve seen someone say. Both men were fiercely creative and bold. One was probably more “weird” than the other. But they were both brave and they both pursued what they loved.
And because of that, I’ve decided to make a resolution this year. I don’t like to make new year resolutions because, let’s face it, everyone breaks them eventually. Last year I wanted to dedicate a year to myself, but it never happened. In fact, I seemed to have double-down on the amount of work I was taking on and didn’t dedicate to work on anything of mine. But this year, my resolution is a little different. I’m allowing myself to be creative. Because I keep adding to my workload, I haven’t had the energy or drive to really work at my craft for the past three years. I have a first draft finished for the last book in my trilogy, but I’ve been lacking the energy to complete it. When I did find myself with spare time, I just wanted to nap. Or think of anything else besides a book because I spent all day reading and editing everybody else’s work. I’ve already started downsizing my workload and by the end of February, I hope I’ll have enough time (and energy) to start working on my writing a little bit every day. Even if it’s 10 minutes. 10 minutes is still better than 0 minutes. With the amount of work I’ve already cut from my workload, I no longer feel like I have to skip a workout session and I allow myself 5-10 minutes already on practicing the ukulele. And I feel happier and more focused already.
So here’s to a year of being brave and creative. Have you made a resolution this year? What is it? Have you been affected by David Bowie or Alan Rickman’s deaths or some other celebrity/creative who died this early in 2016?