“Everything you can imagine is real.”
~ Pablo Picasso
A dear friend once shared an account of a young boy who loved the movie Labyrinth, an odd children’s story about a Goblin King, played by David Bowie. The child’s mother took the young lad to London for a special showing of the movie, which included a rare chance for youngsters to meet David Bowie back stage. When David noticed this extremely shy child cowering in the back, he arranged for the boy to meet with him privately and spent half an hour sharing some trade secrets that changed the boys life forever.
Once alone with the lad David made the action of taking off a mask and handed it to the child. “Put it on,” he said, “It’s magic.”
David had not been wearing a mask, at least not one anyone else could see, so the boy was puzzled. David then began appearing rather uncomfortable himself, as if he was far too vulnerable without his invisible mask, so he conjured up another one right before the boys eyes, spinning it out of thin air and imagination.
David put his new mask on and instantly appeared much more confident, so the young chap put on his mask as well, and swiftly felt worlds better. In fact, he felt better than he had ever felt in his life.
“I am always afraid as well.” David said, looking into the young boys eye with a gentle knowing. “This is how I remain brave in the world and still manage to be myself.”
“Once you lose that sense of wonder at being alive,
you’re pretty much on the way out…”
I feel confident imposing change on myself.
~ David Bowie