My mother bought our very first Mac when I was in 8th grade- which was longer ago than I care to remember. I’ve always been a Apple girl- probably always will be. And yet, I was struck by how much Steve Jobs’ death saddened me.
But it’s not really about the computer or the brand. It’s a sadness about the death of someone who took risks. Someone who worked hard to be creative and innovative and who showed the world what all of that looks like. There aren’t many of those types of people out there. The Onion (www.theonion.com) has a fitting tribute to him but if you are easily offended by strong language, take a pass on reading it. I saw a quote by Jobs’ former business partner, Steve Wozniak, who noted that Jobs’ had a premonition that he wouldn’t live past 40 years old. Maybe that’s what pushed him out of his comfort zone and into the success he achieved.
After learning about Jobs’ death last week, my dear friend Stefan, (who runs the very best children’s music blog on the web at http://www.zooglobble.com) posted this:
“I thought for some time about how I might remember Steve Jobs, a man whose companies’ products have been a part of my life in some form for nearly 30 years. I decided that the best way would be to take the time I might spend mindlessly wasting time this week and use it — to use what has been my favorite quotation of his since he was first reported to say it — to make my dent in the universe.”
And Iw as inspired by Stefan – many of us do mindlessly waste a lot of time in our lives and how could we collectively change our world just by spending a little of it on something bigger than ourselves?
So it doesn’t really matter if you’re a Mac or a PC – what I really want to know is what are YOU going to do to make your dent in the universe?