I write this post as a way to reflect on my feelings as the news hit me today that Steve Jobs had passed away. Many, many people are tweeting, facebooking, blogging, google+ing and yes talking about this sad news. And so what I have to say is only a small blip of all the chatter that is happening right now. I write this more for myself – less for you the reader as I am sure most of you are saturated with Steve Jobs news at this moment and this will not be on your must read list. That is ok- sometimes I get to be selfish. First let me say, that my true mourning began when Jobs once again stepped down as CEO of Apple – I knew this time it was for good and that was sad. I am an Apple junkie – yes an all out Apple everything kind of girl and this is due to Steve Jobs. I will happily spend my hard earned money on a new Apple product- whether it is the latest iPhone, iPad, desktop, laptop, Apple TV, Apple Time Machine – you name I own it and I spend more time walking the isles of the Apple store than shopping for clothes. I am the consumer Steve Jobs was trying to reach. And he did – big time. I felt like he could read my mind- the iPhone was something I “asked” for back in 1995 when I got my first Palm Pilot and quickly stopped using it because it was not easy enough. I remember telling a friend “they need to develop one of these [Palm Pilot] that is also a cell phone that can automatically connect with my computer so I don’t have to sync it .” It seemed like a dream – but apparently it was not and years later when the first iPhone was introduced – I could see it was what I had imagined – but when I finally went out and bought one – it took me a year to convince myself that it was worth the money- I found out iPhones were much more than I ever imagined they could be. The iPhone changed my life and also turned me into an Apple nut! My first computer was the grey Mac Classic (you know the little grey box that you could carry around) – I had bought it right before college and it was considered a novelty that I even had my own personal computer in college – but after that I admit I moved away from Apple – they were expensive and I was not feeling the love – but then Steve did his magic and created over the last decade the most amazing products ever. And over the past 4 years I have turned into a junkie- so much so that both my daughters walk around with one of those mini-computers in their pocket – what are they called? Oh that’s right, iPhones. And I don’t even blink at the cost to provide my teen girls with the ability to connect anytime, anywhere to anyone. Information is power and they have it all at their finger tips. Amazing! I found this quote today from Steve Jobs and felt like sharing it here – I can only hope that more people will take Steve’s words to heart as we all have something special to give. At a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Jobs shared the philosophy that drove him.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs 2005, Stanford University commencement address
Thank you Steve Jobs…you will be missed.