My life is ordinary. Every weekday morning I get up early, trying not to disturb my two sleeping children, get dressed and creep downstairs for breakfast. As I munch on my cereal, I’ll use nothing more than my right thumb to check my twitter feed for any breaking news that I might have missed overnight, see if I’ve finally received that email I’ve been waiting for, and look up the weather forecast so I know how difficult my cycle in to the studio is going to be.
This morning I didn’t get past my twitter feed, as I read post after post proclaiming Steve Jobs had died yesterday. At first I didn’t believe it was true – despite knowing of his history fighting pancreatic cancer, and his recent resignation as CEO of Apple in August, the sad news was still quite unexpected, saddening and thought provoking.
Given that I have spent the best part of my adult life working with, being creative with, entertaining myself with, making music with and communicating with Apple products, I think I have a lot to thank Steve Jobs for. We all do really. Without his vision, passion and ability to see things differently, today’s computers would almost certainly have been soul-less boxes used for boring stuff, not beautifully crafted machines inside and out – machines that empower rather than stifle creativity, and are not only effective working tools, but also perfect for making art and music, or just simply having fun with.
Sometimes I forget just how lucky I am that my ordinary life is constantly enriched by the extraordinary. With Steve Jobs at the helm of Apple, products and technologies that once would have been thought of as fantastical and pure science fiction have become science fact, and quite simply, fantastic.
With my iPhone I can get hold of any information I want, wherever I am (including the breakfast table) with the mere swipe and prod of a finger. I can say good morning face to face with those children of mine once they’ve finally woken up and I’m miles away at the studio. I can take photographs, make videos, write blog posts and even play games.
For me, whilst Steve put the “i” in Life, giving us revolutionary all-in-one desktop computers, portable music players and powerful tablet computers, packaging all of these things (and more) into a portable, hand-held device – one that also made phone calls – was pure genius.
I can’t help but look at my iPhone a little differently today though. Not because it’s an old iPhone now following the launch of the new 4S, but because there’s a whole lot of Steve in there, and it reminds me how cruel this world can be sometimes. Too often the good people, the game-changers, the geniuses, the influential and the inspirational are taken from us far too young – to paraphrase Steve’s own words, “our time here is limited”, and we really should make the most of it.
We are not all made of the same stuff that Steve Jobs was, but there will be those who have the courage to follow their hearts and live each day as if it was their last, those who dare to think different and try to change the world, and those who use their time well and actually make a difference in people’s lives.
Thank you, Steve, for being one of those people.
I’m not sure whether or not I’ve used my time particularly well by writing this post, but I feel a little better for sharing my thoughts – thank you for taking the time to read it.