I will admit, I don't know all that much about Peaches Geldof anymore, though I used to believe she was my long lost sister across the sea. She was british, blonde, and beautiful. She lived a seemingly ideal existence and she lived it with a particular spark that I admired and longed to have in my own life... but like I said, I don't (really) know much about her.
As of yesterday, Monday April 7th, 2014, that spark went out. Peaches is no longer with us; which struck me... though I'm not really sure why.
I looked up to her in my teen years (even though she was a year younger than me). I admired her brash sense of style, her seemingly care free attitude, and the fact that she dated band guys... It's not that I ever wanted to be like her, I just liked seeing someone who wasn't a Hilton living an affluent (photogenic) life that more closely resembled my own.
Somewhere along the line I stopped hearing about Peaches (probably because I stopped reading Nylon Magazine [though secretly I still love it]), I traded her in for Alexa Chung and Garance Dore... though I can't help but wonder, how are we affecting those around us without even realizing it? What imprint are we leaving on this earth? Peaches, left a distinct mark, one her children (she has two very young children) can someday look to, one her husband can point to and say, "that... that was your mum, and she was amazing".
Peaches was probably the first person to teach me that fashion didn't have to make sense... that you could wear things that didn't 'match perfectly' or 'go together' (I use the quotes in homage of my brothers who made fun of my wardrobe incessantly). She made vintage seem cool and snarky humor attractive... not to mention band boys and for that I thank her, from the bottom of my heart. She taught me to be brave, to think outside my circumstances (though I knew not to emulate her whole lifestyle, thankfully), to have snark and whit, and all of this went unnoticed until just now.
Tragedy leads to discovery. That being said, let us ask ourselves what mark are we making? How will people remember and speak of us? (even in the present day) Let's not wait for a tragedy to hit before we find out.
I think you are simply grand my friends and I am deeply thankful for you all.
Rest in peace Peaches, you will be dearly missed.