The end of one year and the start another inevitably comes with self reflection.
Seems that our obsession with celebrity worship coupled with our obsession with car crashes, catastrophes and overall self-annihilation hit a peak this year, It can even be illustrated with Chris Barker’s (@christhebarker) image (pictured above) which has been shared everywhere across social media.
And the end of 2016 certainly has people reflecting on that question after this year has seen the passing of legends like David Bowie, Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, Anton Yelchin, Prince, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Whether it’s the performance or song that have inspired you to come out of your shell, or the life lived that inspired you to over come the hardship you’ve lived with, you’ve felt the losses this year. Not a single person on this earth hasn’t. As the denial faded, the idea that 2016 was an entity slowly hunting down and killing these celebrities gained more and more steam across the internet as the list of celebrities who died this year slowly grew. And we looked for someone to blame we selfishly wished it was someone else, this guy, that guy, anyone else.
But the thing is, we need to realize that as we struggle to fill that void these celebrities left behind, they don’t want you to struggle. Prince, for example, was always was more concerned that the journalists focus on his music as oppose to him. Singers, athletes or actors, it doesn’t matter, who they are is in their work. That is how we connect with them. And, with 2016 coming closing and 2017 starting, this is how we should remember them. David Bowie once said: “I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture that I was living in. It just seemed like a challenge to move it a little bit towards the way I thought it might be interesting to go.” What better time to prove Bowie right then to start 2017 positively?
The end of a year is a celebration. And we have plenty to celebrate this year. Sure, 2016 saw some of the most talent people in history pass. But we have the music, we have the movies. We were lucky enough to be able to experience the lives of some of the most talent singers and actors of the modern age. And that’s what we should celebrate.