Wednesday, October 5, 2011

We'll miss you, Steve Jobs.

I am a Mac.  I've had some iteration of the iPod since my freshman year of college.  I am typing on my MacBook Pro.  My iPhone is sitting next to me.  I adore Pixar movies, and I have yet to see one I don't like.

Steve Jobs was responsible for this.  He was responsible for the technological revolution that is Apple.  He showed us that we NEVER have to sacrifice design for function.  He was a genius living here on earth, making it a smooth, beautiful, zen place through his vision and work.

I am seriously saddened to hear that we have lost such an amazing person.  He was not old enough to go... think of everything he could have done if he'd had more time.  We would literally hang on his every word.  It's not that I drank the Apple-flavored Kool-aid and felt the call to purchase every new product line they rolled out with.  I pick and choose what I want, and the design has ALWAYS spoken to me.  I love the interface, the look, the FEEL.  And Steve Jobs did that.  He turned inanimate objects into something more to us.

I read some great quotes from a speech he gave at Stanford University... they really make me think about life and the future.  Will I ever make the impact on the world that he did?  Probably not.  But he will always inspire me, and be someone I look up to.

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future...  You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do...  If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on."

-Steve Jobs, 1955-2011-

My first Apple product, the iPod.
I bought it in college!
My latest Apple product, the iPhone 4.

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