Nick Cave offers advice to teenager on living life to the full: "be a little vampire"

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Nick Cave has shared advice to a teenager on how to "live life to its absolute fullest".

The sage words were offered in response to a question posted onto Cave's Q&A blog Red Hand Files by a young Australian fan who was worried about the amount of negativity in the world, and concerned that he was wasting his potential as a creative. 

Asking the songwriter for his thoughts, 13-year-old Ruben from Melbourne asks: "I’m 13. In a world ridden with so much hate, and disconnect; How do I live life to its absolute fullest, and not waste my potential? Especially as a creative. Also, what is a great way to spiritually enrich myself? In general, and in my creative work?”.

In response, Cave suggests that young Ruben has "nothing to worry about” as he appears "very smart" and "engaged with the world".

He answers: "Dear Ruben. When I read this question, my initial thought was that the kid who wrote this has nothing to worry about, they’re going to be all right. Ruben, you are very smart, you are engaged with the world and I’m not sure what your creative interests are, but you can certainly already write. Not only that, you are also reaching out for answers. At thirteen, this is all brilliant! Luckily for you, Ruben, I have some! So here goes!".

Offering physical solutions to his question, the Bad Seeds singer continues: "Read. Read as much as possible. Read the big stuff, the challenging stuff, the confronting stuff, and read the fun stuff too. Visit galleries and look at paintings, watch movies, listen to music, go to concerts – be a little vampire running around the place sucking up all the art and ideas you can. 

"Fill yourself with the beautiful stuff of the world. Have fun. Get amazed. Get astonished. Get awed on a regular basis, so that getting awed is habitual and becomes a state of being.

"Fully understand your enormous value in the scheme of things because the planet needs people like you, smart young creatives full of awe, who can minister to the world with positive, mischievous energy, young people who seek spiritual enrichment and who see hatred and disconnection as the corrosive forces they are. These are manifest indicators of a human being with immense potential.

“Absorb into yourself the world’s full richness and goodness and fun and genius, so that when someone tells you it’s not worth fighting for, you will stick up for it, protect it, run to its defence, because it is your world they’re talking about, then watch that world continue to pour itself into you in gratitude. A little smart vampire full of raging love, amazed by the world – that will be you, my young friend, the earth shaking at your feet. Love, Nick.”

Last week, the musician shared his thoughts on songs that get 'cancelled', in reference to Tom Jones' single Delilah being recently banned at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. 

The fan question proposed: "How do you feel about the banning of the song Delilah sung by Welsh choirs at the Rugby? As someone who has written many murder ballads, do you think these sort of songs turn people into murderers?". 

In response, the singer noted that he likes "the fact that some songs are controversial enough to be outlawed".

Liz Scarlett

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