David Bowie was the founder of YLCC
Sadly today, January 11th, 2016, I woke up to read that the great David Bowie had passed. Without any warning. No one really knew he had been fighting cancer for 18 months (gosh I hate that disease). He passed quietly with family at his side they said.
There’s no question that Ziggy was an icon in the music industry and a creative genius. He will be missed by many across the globe and knowing him, the entire universe.
What many people don’t know is that David Bowie helped start Youth Leadership Camps Canada - YLCC. He really did. He didn’t even know. That’s the cool thing about ripples. You never know where they will end.
When I was in high school I loved the song Space Oddity, the story of Major Tom. I was obsessed with that song. Played it over and over and over. That led me to become a bigger fan of Bowie. That’s when I found the song Changes. There in the middle of the song are the first lyrics that ever really moved me. In my room I listened to it over and over to write it down (no google back then).
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through
These four lines inspired my life. I always thought that I could do something to make the world a better place. I wouldn’t listen to those “adults” at my school that said the proper course to a successful life is A, to B, then C, and finish at D. I always figured it went more like A,D,F,D,B,R and end somewhere at S or not end at all. I knew that I wanted to be in control. I decided right there, and then, that I would live and love my life the way I wanted to, the way I dreamed. I was trying to “change their world” as Bowie said. The “consultations” had, have and will still be there. Wanted or not. The reasons why this or that won’t work. I believe that if I keep to the beat of my OWN drum I will get there. The herd was never really for me. I am no longer a child (at least based on accepted terminology), but I am a dreamer and I will continue to dodge the “spit” and find my way.
David, may I call you that? You will be missed but your words encouraged me to start YLCC. To go for it despite what those close and from afar suggested (consulted) many times that I should stop! Thank you. May you rest in peace amongst the Stardust.