Today is a weird day.
It’s not sad.
It is just weird.
It is normal for when a human dies. Death is normal. It is inevitable.
Steve Jobs though, was not an average human. He catapulted Apple, the company he and his friend founded in a garage, to great heights of success, not once, but twice. Not surprisingly, I was in awe of him.
And today morning, I woke up to the news of his death. I was in a long line to reserve a ticket for my Dad, and I thought this was some crazy joke by someone. But, I went through my Twitter timeline more carefully. Every single tweet was about his death. Sure enough, I was shocked. Not that I didn’t expect this, it was inevitable, but to realize it has happened, is something I was not ready to come to terms with. In another 30 minutes, I came back to being normal. It was tough, but I did. What do you make of it? I had a closed mind. I had a mind that wouldn’t accept things as they are.
Coming back to Twitter. Every single person/blog I followed on there, was tweeting about Jobs, waxing eloquent about his life, his ways at Apple and anything you could ever imagine about. I, on the other hand, was at a loss of words. All I could say was – RIP.
Almost the entire industry has already come forward and sent its words across. Such was the persona of Jobs that even the most powerful man on Earth, US President, Barack Obama, sent his wishes to his friends and family. I think that pretty much says it.
He died, but he continues to live on. Which is why it is weird.
To the man who married software and beautiful design.
Steve, you’ll never die.
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.
– Steve Jobs
Stanford Commencement Speech, 2005.