Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” -Steve Jobs
-April Daniels Hussar
How fitting it is that I read the news of Steve Jobs’ death while perusing Facebook on my iPhone, connected to my friends and family through a little piece of magical technology. It’s only been an hour since The New York Times posted the news, and already my feed is filled with friends mourning his passing.
And now, I type this on my MacBook, and find it nearly impossible to grasp the enormity of a life that meant so much to so many people. What does it mean that we all feel this loss?
Steve Jobs was a visionary, a leader, a genius, yes. But he must have been something even more extraordinary to have that effect on us all.
“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” Apple has posted on their website. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”
Steve’s family released this statement: “Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.
“In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.
“We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”
We leave you with words from Steve himself, giving Stanford University’s Commencement address in 2005:
“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.