|Image credit to Lee Basannavar|
It's unusual for me to be so deeply affected by the death of someone I didn't know personally. At first I thought it was because I'd lost my mother to cancer a few years ago, but I know it's not really about that.
I think it's because he brought art and intuition into the domain of science and engineering. He felt his way through things instead of just always thinking his way through. He was incredibly human. His failures exceeded his successes, but he still picked himself up and went on.
Simply put, he had the courage to admit when he was wrong and start over.
He lived with passion - something that's very, very important to me, but something I have to admit I've only partially, openly embraced as I've navigated and wrestled with the conventions of living life.
The iPhone and iPad have created portable social experiences with people near and far and gave us more control to connect with things and people important to us.
His vision and relentlessness incited generations to Think different and think oh so BIG. Under his stewardship, Apple created product experiences that brought joy to people, motivated them, and helped them feel more alive and connected without them actively realizing it. It just seemed to happen as if it were part of the natural order of things. Those are things which I value.
Forbes published a well-written article about him called The Top Ten Lessons Steve Jobs Taught Us. Number four in the article particularly resonated with me - actually the last two sentences. Tears filled my eyes with the following:
"Years of your life on a start-up that didn’t pan out as you wanted — can turn out to sow the seeds of your unimaginable success years from now. You can’t be too attached to how you think your life is supposed to work out and instead trust that all the dots will be connected in the future. This is all part of the plan."
While living in a given moment we don't always know why it's happening. We question (and even curse) the pain, anxiety, frustration, uncertainty, or strife felt when it's a tough experience. We celebrate, congratulate, and sometimes cling when it's a welcomed experience. It's only when we move beyond that given moment and take the time to reflect that we can understand what it all really, truly means to who we are today.