I saw the news randomly on my Facebook newsfeed. RIP Steve Jobs and almost instinctly, I opened a tab and googled his name. Confirmed. In a matter of seconds, my social media newsfeeds were flooded with the news of his passing. I sat there staring at my iMac screen, feeling overwhelmed with sadness and worried. Worried that my children would never fully understand how this man contributed to society, how his vision and determination lead the way to amazing discoveries and progress.
As the voice in the Mac commercial below narrates (original version):
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Steve Jobs understood what life as a creative feels like, how we think. He created tools to help us reach our potentials and expand our curiosities. He motivated and even after passing, will continue to motivate us to think different. Thank you, Steve Jobs.
As I type this blog post on my iPad in the car, my husband driving to work and my children sitting patiently waiting to be dropped off at school this morning, I’m feeling blessed and thankful. Thankful for the opportunities that life offers. Thankful for a hope that my children will be able to share their unique talents with the world. Thankful for the reminder that life is a short time and we should live each day as if it were the last.
If you have not already, I recommend you take 15 minutes this morning and view Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. I’d warn you to have a box of tissues available as well, as I couldn’t hold back the tears while watching and listening to a remarkable man share his experience and inspiring words.