Lots of you know me, but some may not. I have a little issue. A little love affair, you might say.
Yep. I’m another one o’ them damn Mac lovers. I’m a fanatic, but please! Know that I love PC users just as much as my Mac friends. I don’t take it that far.
So yesterday’s news hit me like a brick. Steve Jobs. One of my heroes. Leaving his work. We’re all assuming it has everything to do with his health. I hope we’re all wrong.
Normally the people I admire are givers, teachers, generous people with generous tendencies. Whereas Steve works for his company, his baby, his Apple products. And NO philanthropy. But hey. Nobody can be all things to all people.
So the love I’ve had in my imagination with him for the past 27 years has been more of a mind affair than a motel one. (He is an attractive dude, though. No doubt about that.) To me, he is one of the most extraordinary people of my time.
The ways in which he’s changed this world will be listed and trumpeted and praised in every nook and cranny of the web and the world, so there is no need for me to do that. I’m nobody to do that.
I just want to say that when I came across this video at Business Insider, of young Steve introducing his first Macintosh computer, I cried. It was such a grand beginning, and through all the ups and downs, his has been a glorious career. The computers are better than ever, as is the Apple product line. Their future doesn’t worry me. And he’s still on the board. For now.
But it doesn’t seem that will last for too much longer, does it?
So it’s time to start imagining Steve Jobs gone from the world. It breaks my heart.
I have nothing to say that really means anything. I just wanted to write how I feel. Posting this video of him young, exciting, on the cusp of a New Age for our culture and times? I think I owe him that.
This day in 1984 was a big one for me. And watching it brought everything back.
Thanks, Steve. It’s been a great ride. New and exciting revelations all along the way.
But more importantly, thank you for giving me something that sustains me now, all these years later, and allows me to be a teacher of children, despite my terrible vision and aching back.
You’ve given me back my life, with a large screen where I can see my students, talk with them, and teach them, and the technology to accomodate an old bird like me. I couldn’t possibly be more grateful.
What was that I said about you and philanthropy? No, you don’t give it away. But a gift it nonetheless is. I won’t forget you.
Stay well, take care of yourself, and God Save the Mac.
See Life‘s photo tribute to Steve Jobs’ career.