Thursday, October 6, 2011

thanks, steve...

When I heard the news that Steve Jobs died yesterday, I immediately texted my friend Sally, as I knew how sad she would be.  She has been an Apple devotee for many many years and truthfully missed her calling as a PR person for that company.  I don't think any of us were shocked at the news, as he had fought a long and hard battle with this extremely deadly disease.  Sally texted back that she felt like she had lost a member of her family.  I think to a point, we all feel that way.  Our lives have forever been changed by the genius of this man and his team. As one blogger put it yesterday, " who will dazzle us now?" It might take quite some time, but it will happen again. 

I am truly dating myself now, but nearly 30 years ago, when I was a young mom - I was a waitress in a restaurant right across the street from the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California.  At the time, personal computers were not in my vocabulary, heck I was still adding up my tickets at the restaurant manually...haha.. Hewlett Packard and Atari were the big things in technology in the beginning stages of what was to become Silicon Valley.  Thinking back to that time to where we are today, whew, never in a million years would I have imagined how all of these products have changed all of our lives.  They have opened this world wide open in the most amazing ways!

I will leave you with a few quotes (as you know how much I love my quotes) from Steve:

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 other's 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.

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 push the human race forward. And while some may 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....

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday youll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

As one of my Facebook friends wrote: "As I lay in bed with my iPad, I picture Steve Jobs, looking down on all the rectangles of light he created which glow from every corner of the globe in honor of the mega power ballad that was his life."  Isn't that the truth!

Thanks Steve for sharing your inspiring vision with us!



Jacqueline @ HOME said...

So sad and so young. His products were revolutionary, functional and elegant and he will live on through Apple and their products.
A lovely tribute Cathi. XXXX

MaggieGem said...

A man of his time, he will be missed. RIP Steve!

Lori said...

What a great post Cathi! He was a brilliant mind that was taken too soon ~ too young. Love those quotes ~ I posted one to FB last night too. We do love our quotes don't we! xo


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