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Up until the past few years, I didn't really pay attention to David Bowie. I guess it's because he was such a controversial person, and until several years ago, I didn't really connect with controversy.
In the past few years, however, I've started paying more attention to his work. I still don't connect to a lot of it, but there are a few of his songs I really enjoy. Plus he performed with such a wonderful style!
One song of his that I've especially connected with is called "Heroes." I found a version of it on YouTube in which he's in a live concert, and I have to say there is such HUGE energy in that performance--not only by him, but by the rest of his band. It's absolutely electric and I can't help but be drawn in and actually get quite emotional as I watch it.
So is there more to this particular song that I want to tell you about? Yes, absolutely.
There is one message in the lyrics of this song that I connect with every.single.time--"We can be heroes just for one day."
Think about that.
For whom can you be a hero? Your children? Your parents? Your siblings? Your spouse or your significant other?
How about for yourself?
I've found that people can be their own most difficult critics, so it follows that if they can be heroes to themselves, then they probably have done something pretty significant. At the same time, we can acknowledge that even the small things can add up to big things. If we can see that, then yes, "we can be heroes (to ourselves) just for one day." And then another day. And then another day. And then . . .
I've noticed quite a few posts here at WA that are very motivating and encouraging. They really spoke to me because I've also noticed that my activity here is really slacking and I'm very unimpressed with myself--i.e., I'm not being a hero.
I've seen a few other posts in which others lament the same dilemma that I've been dealing with, and I love how the community here rises to be their heroes and encourage them to get back on the path to success.
So now it's my turn to get back on that path, one day at a time, and yes--be a hero, just for one day.
Thank you, all of you, for all the motivation; I can't tell you how much it's impressed me and made an impact. I thank you for being my heroes.
Awesome blog, Margaret
You may not think of yourself as a hero, but have a look at several of your positive responses to me and my blogs.
I've been noticing that your responses to other blogs are also .similar
You may not see it but you give a lot of value and 'things to think about ', responses.
Which often.leave me to have deep reflection
Wouldn't you call yourself a hero now?
Miss Simone, I am greatly honored by your comments. I thank you for *your* “things to think about.”
Wow, Margaret! What a GREAT song and an excellent analogythat you presented,my friend! I know you will be back on track before you know it!
Be your own Hero! You CAN do it!
I so agree, Margaret with the self assessment.
Thank goodness we all have ups and downs, so we can take turns with a give and take, attitude.
Nice post, Margaret.
Margaret, as soon as you mentions David Bowie, I went straight to YouTube to find the video 'Heroes'. There was at least four with couple being listed a remakes or live tour.
He was definitely a character. The older the more refined he became. But like you, I only liked or listened to certain songs.
I am proud to say that I am trying to become my hero. We all fail short in one area or another, if not several. Learn the weaknesses and keep on moving.
Well said, Canty. I like the way you said this: "We all fail short in one area or another, if not several. Learn the weaknesses and keep on moving." To me, this is an essential part of character-building 👍
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Great post Margaret. Bowie has always been one of my heroes and I play his songs most days.
Of course, using your words, Bowie was also his own hero. The first few years of his music career were a flop, going right back to the Konrads. Nothing worked for him, he was that weird bloke that dresses funny from South London and he went from record label to record label with no success.
But he never gave up - and he made it happen. He's now a household name, even in death.
Thanks for writing about him.
Thank *you * Bux—you just added to the lesson, which doesn’t surprise me at all with all the wisdom you have packed inside of you 👍
Heroes came from Bowies Berlin Years when he lived in Germany and was about the Wall and how we should embrace the freedom and opportunities of the West.
I didn't know that, Bux--thanks for the additional information.