Steve Jobs: 1955-2011
It was October 5th 2011 in the late evening around 7ish. I had just gotten home from work and wanted some music in the background tonight. I turned on my MacBook, plugged my iPhone to recharge the battery, and grabbed my iPad to check my email while my MacBook booted up. I cleaned out my email box and turned my attention towards my MacBook. I turned on some tunes and decided to check the news.
In the top portion of the Google news sections were articles reporting on Steve Jobs’ death. At first, I was in disbelief, thinking to myself “this couldn’t be real”. There are fake celebrity deaths all the time and those false news spread like wildfire. But as more media outlets started publishing the announcement made by Apple’s board of directors, it started to sink in.
What bothered me the most was that I was inexplicably saddened by the death of someone I’ve never met before. And it seemed that many other people shared the same sentiments. Steve’s innate ability to connect with all of us on an emotional level is one of the reasons he will be greatly missed. He had a vision of what humanity could accomplish with the aid of computing. He shared that vision with us and throughout his lifetime, worked to make that vision a reality. Looking around my desk, I see the products of his vision all around me.
He was too weak to make it to the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event so he watched it from his bed. A single seat was reserved him in Town Hall. Apple executives knew of his worsening condition prior to the event and the somber mood of the iPhone 4S launch reflected that. He passed away the day after, on October 5, 2011 at 56 years of age. It was reported that he spent the last moments of his life with his family and closest friends.
One of the greatest visionaries of our time who was taken away from us, a breath too soon. The ripples of his creations are all around us and they will continue to reverberate for generations to come. He taught us not to settle for mediocrity, but to strive for excellence. He was one of the crazy ones. A misfit. A rebel. A troublemaker. A round peg in a square hole. He saw things differently. He wasn’t fond of rules. He had no respect for the status quo. You can quote him, disagree with him, glorify or vilify him. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore him. Because he changed things…