David Bowie’s death hit the entire world with a wave of grief for a number of reasons. It’s not stating opinion to say that he was a genius. Whether you were an avid fan of his work or not, Bowie’s creative reflection and ability to communicate over decades was something of sheer awe for even the most talented artists. He even left the world with a last album as a final goodbye, knowing his time was drawing to a close. It’s an impressive thing, to pursue your passion even in the face of your imminent death. While you may not be an artist professionally, David Bowie’s thoughts on creativity and the pursuit of passion give you wonderful window on ways to more fully embrace your life.

“I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.” – David Bowie

You might feel that it’s important that people appreciate your work, especially since someone needs to pay you for it. But in the grand scheme of things, realize that we need to prioritize our own satisfaction in a job well done even above what the world thinks. Often when you please yourself, others will find what you’re doing goes well above their expectations anyway.

“I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.” – David Bowie

There are points to life that are somber, but a very joyous life is one in which you can find the humor. If you’re not finding reasons to laugh, or if everything you do seems of paramount importance, it might be time to relax and find a way to decompress.

“Once you lose that sense of wonder at being alive, you’re pretty much on the way out.” – David Bowie

Life is largely about experience. As we grow, we sometimes find that nothing feels new and wondrous because we’ve already seen and done so much. Finding ways to look at the world differently can help you stay relevant and more engaged.

“If it works, it’s out of date.” – David Bowie

This is very tongue in cheek, but not entirely off. As the world evolves at lightning pace, you have to constantly keep your mind open to change your thinking and the way you interact with others.

David Bowie lived his life with passion and creativity because that’s what made his life more meaningful. Adding some of his life philosophies to your own daily choices can help you better enjoy and engage with your world.