This is Not Your Practice Life. This Is All There Is.

It seems that 2016 is the year where we’ve lost many loved icons and celebrities – and we’re not even halfway through.

Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Terry Wogan, Paul Daniels, Victoria Woods are to name a few. And most recently as this week, the media sadly declared the passing of Prince.

Whilst I don’t consider myself a Prince fan (I knew as much as Purple Rain, obviously) there was something about his passing that sparked my curiosity. I started to read about his life’s’ work, and listened to some of his most well-known songs.

He was incredible in not only his craft, but for what he represented. He didn’t categorise himself as male or female, black or white, gay or straight. He transcended in so many categories and genres, making it almost impossible not to relate to him, in one way or another. His ideas, energy, and flow remained ever popular until his final days.

Prince, along with the other celebrities and icons that passed this year dedicated their lives to their crafts. They created, entertained and inspired us all in their own unique way. Their presence will always be remembered, and forever be treasured.

It is only when someone has passed do we realise how incredible they were, and how much we will miss them. As I sit here writing this, I wonder what kind of impact I’ll leave when my time is due. What will I have contributed to this world? How will I be remembered? Will I leave a positive, creative legacy that others can look up to?

This is not a practice life. We don’t get several chances to live, we only get one. This is all there is.

I don’t know what my purpose is yet, but what keeps me going is seeing the inspiration from other people living theirs. Their energy, enthusiasm and dedication to their purpose will forever inspire me to find mine.

Thank you to all the wonderful beings (both living and passed) that continue to fuel my curiosity and imagination. The courage these people have (and have had) to live the life of their dreams help move me closer in the pursuit to achieve mine.

@Haji lane, Singapore

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