”Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything … all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know of to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
- Steve Jobs
I’m not usually one to pay homage to fallen heroes, but when I think back, Apple has been a recurring part of my life since the time I was jealous of my neighbor getting a Mac Plus in 1986, while my dad had decided to get an Epson QX-10 as the house computer. Only a couple of years later, my initiation into social networking began dialing by into a 7-line DiversiDial BBS run on an Apple II on the other side of town. A few years later still, the desktop machine at my first job at Mass General Hospital was a Mac IIcx. Then I took a hiatus from Apple for a number of years, playing with Suns and Linux boxes, completely skipping OS9.
However, since taking a job at Permabit in 2002, with the powerful OSX operating system and a PowerBook G4, I have embraced Apple ever since, abandoning Windows forever, slowly moving forward with Steve’s progressive visions, sometimes being an early adopter, and sometimes lagging behind. Today, my iPhone 4 and a generously borrowed Macbook Pro are my tethers to the world of information, and to the world of people that give a richness to life unparalleled.
Thank you, Steve. Rest in peace, knowing you have built and left a legacy that will live on.