Thankful Thursday: One More Thing

Thankful Thursday: One More Thing

“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.”
[Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that the world lost a true visionary and one of the most brilliant minds of our time. Steve Jobs died yesterday at the age of 56. I cried.

I got the news on my MacBook and promptly grabbed my iPhone and texted my husband to tell him. Twitter blew up. I went to the Apple homepage and my breath was taken away by this image:

I had the following Twitter conversation:

From @faiqa: I am reacting to the news of of Steve Job’s death far more emotionally than could be considered remotely normal. May or may not be crying.

From me: @Faiqa I’m with you. As is my husband.

From @faiqa: @bellaventa @avitable @jana0926 @MariaMelee Thanks for telling me. I was starting to feel crazy. Never felt like this about a stranger.

From me: @Faiqa He wasn’t a stranger. He was like a member of our family. :) @bellaventa @avitable @MariaMelee

This made me really think after I wrote that. It’s kinda strange to say that somebody you’ve never met, who doesn’t know you exist is like a member of your family. I mean, even for me, somebody who has all her friends in her computer, that’s strange.

I’ve been a Mac-Only user for the last 13 years (sans the last month when I’ve had to use a PC for my new job, forgive me SJ). Every new product release for us has been like a best friend having a baby.

From the Blueberry iMac

to the clamshell MacBook

to the LIFE-CHANGING iPod, 

Apple kept raising the bar.

We waited anxiously for the moment when they announced, “It’s an {insert fabulous Apple iProduct here} and immediately ran to buy and pre-order and be the first to hold the new {product} Apple Baby.

We evolved to the iMac (that Henry still uses)

to the MacBook

to the iPhone collection of which we’ve owned an iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs and two iPhone 4.

Our household is currently using on a regular basis two iPhone 4’s, a first generation iPhone (as an iPod for the kid), two iPod videos, Apple TV, an iPad 2, an iMac, two MacBooks and an iPod nano.

This doesn’t include the dozen or so OTHER classic Apple products sitting in our storage units.

I feel very certain that a forward thinker like Steve Jobs has left decades worth of ideas for new products and services. Because he didn’t do things half-ass, I’m sure the entire vault at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino is filled with his legacy, a legacy that Auburn alum Tim Cook will present to the world over the next years with Steve looking down on him and all the employees and friends of Apple.

Apple won’t become a faceless corporation. It will become a corporation that has a huge spirit surrounding it, one that they are determined to make proud and will continue on in the same fashion that Steve Jobs, if he could live forever, would want it run.

The legacy he leaves in the areas of adoption, cancer research and organ donation are probably only just starting to be seen. These are things we will see trickle down for years to come.

As I’m writing this, I’m watching and listening to Steve Wozniak on Fox & Friends talking about his friend. In closing he said, “I wish it were me, not him.” I’m sure there are a lot of people thinking the same thing today inside the Apple compound and within his family.

Today, as I use my plethora of Apple products to go through my day, I’ll be thankful for a life that was amazing, one that was chosen, chosen again, given a second chance and that made a huge difference in this world.

Oh, and One More Thing…

Rest well, friend. We’re thankful for what you’ve given us and we will wait to see what all you’ve left us.

“And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.
And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.
It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.”
[Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]
 
 
 
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  1. A beautiful tribute. I’m not a Mac or ianything user, but I appreciate the things this man did for the tech world. We would not be where we are, technologically, without Steve’s vision and drive.

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