David Bowie was born five years before me, and yet his life and work became iconic and eloquent for at least two generations beyond mine. He had such an impact on this world that it seems impossible and even unnatural for him to be mortal. He made it ok to feel different, marginalized, nonconformist, gender-ambiguous, fantastical, and so many other non-approved things, way before its time. He’s definitely up there in that pantheon of artists that made huge impressions and differences in personal lives, and will live on in communal memory. Some people just age and sputter out, but if you gotta go, I say do it like Bowie and go out like stardust. Three generations of my own family and friends mourn his loss.