Steve Jobs died yesterday, in case you missed it. I wasn’t going to write about him, but I feel a bit compelled, actually. His stuff is all over our house.
By now, you’ve read some amazing quotes, or have heard a speech or two… the man can wax on life experience in a way that resonates deeply, if you’re a human person – I dare you not to be moved. It’s a huge part of what made him so great.
He had a pretty miraculous mind, don’t you think? I mean, if you consider all the ground-breaking, world-changing items he (and his teams) created in the last ten years alone… well, I really wish this brilliant man could have lived to be one hundred years old. At only fifty-six years of age, I feel like he could have moved a mountain before he was sixty-six. Who knows what he could have created if given another thirty years or so.
Technology has made some amazing advancements, and will continue to make growth changes in leaps and bounds. I always found it amazing that he could produce something you didn’t even know you wanted until you saw it… and then there he would be, on television, standing there in his black shirt, Levi’s, and sneakers, turning some slick piece of Fabulous around in his hands… and everyone would gasp, and slow smiles would spread across every person’s face, mesmerized and unblinking, murmuring, “Coooooool…” Everyone.
Every. Single. One.
And yes, the products are expensive – some have price-tags that just deem them almost unobtainable. Yes.
But, what I love about the products most (besides all that they can do – and man, the stuff they make can do A LOT!!) is before his line of stuff, computers were just instruments to work with. Just machines. Sure I needed them, but that’s all they were: machines.
Besides making them super-awesome, (lighter, sleeker, smaller) Steve Jobs made them pretty.
Steve Jobs made them SEXY. In life, I like sexy, pretty things. I’ll be the first to admit that aesthetics play a major part in All The Happy in my life. If I have to have a computer in my house, on my dining table in my kitchen, then yes please! I would like a sleek and sexy one with no bulky box. And yes, I’d love to store ALL THE MUSIC THERE IS in an inch-square tiny piece of sexiness that can be clipped to my back pocket. Don’t even get me started on the phones… you know how I kinda have a love/hate thing about phones, right? Whenever I hear, There’s an app for that… all I hear is “Nap.” Now, naps I like! But I digress.
And really, who am I kidding… iCovet just about everything those guys make.
My children will probably never know a time without Apple products. And, the sleek and sexy that we all hold in our fingertips today, will be positively archaic before they’re adults. That’s an almost impossible thing to fathom.
Even if you don’t own or use any Apple products, one can’t deny that the man was pretty awesome at being genius. The man was good, yo.
I’m sad that the world has lost such an amazing visionary, philanthropist, human. And especially when he still had so much more in him to give, envision, invent, help the world with… and there are people walking the earth today who have lost their father, and husband, and a son… though we could all see time was not on his side through his illness, it is still a crushing loss. I’m glad to hear he was surrounded by family, and that he went peacefully. He suffers no more.
Thank you so much, Steve Jobs, for your excellence. Excellent product. Excellent man.
You’ve changed the face of communication, and indeed of the world, forever.
Good job. Rest.
PS – I hate cancer so much, I would kick it in the ‘nads if I could.