The more time that passes tonight, the more I’m impacted by the passing of Steve Jobs and the effect he’s had on how we live our lives. The mere method of how I received the news tonight was in direct relation to his genius. As we sat around a table celebrating the birth of a dear friend, I updated the feed of my Twitter application on my iPhone and tweet after tweet brought the news to life. From there I was able to share the news with those in the physical vicinity. Social networking would not be as social without Jobs.
I don’t remember how I got through my day to day without my iPhone and I know that it wasn’t as easy. I’m just glad it was as a youth and not an adult. I don’t remember how I listened to music before I had an iPod. A Discman/Walkman had to have been a pain to workout with.
Without Jobs, music would not be as available. Without Jobs, a lot more people would get lost on road trips, even ventures within their hometown. Movies would take longer to make and the voices of many talented artists would be muzzled because they wouldn’t have the resources to express their messages and skills. Doctors, scientists, researchers…all of these people are now better at their jobs and can save more lives because of the brilliance of Steve Jobs.
But, even further, Steve Jobs set an example that, though seemingly impossible to attain, is something every single person should strive to model. Jobs was a creative who followed his passion, going against everything that the status quo would have us believe was the right path. A well publicized college dropout, he taught us that to think differently could change the world.
I want to thank Steve Jobs for making my time in New York possible, because God knows how many times I would’ve missed a train and been stranded in Brooklyn without the right app. Thank you for making it possible for my friends and I to share our creativity to the world by editing shorts, recording podcasts and easily letting the internet download the results. Thank you for allowing me to keep up with my friends and family when I’m 3,000 miles away with pictures, video chats, texts and Facebook posts. Thank you for creating a way that every song that means something to me, in some way, can fit in my pocket. But, most of all, thank you for showing me that passion and creativity can change the world and there’s no need to compromise if you believe in said gifts and are willing to follow through.
“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”