Thursday, October 6, 2011

iThankYou


Photo credit: Jonathan Mak

I was sitting on the train yesterday on my way home from work, finally taking some time to scroll through Twitter, when the news popped up.  I had to read it twice to believe it.  Funny how I haven't been on Twitter to read much in the last few weeks, but the times that I do are the times when the information I need to see happens to scroll across my timeline.  Also interesting is that news you knew would be coming one day in the near future also manages to feel unexpected and devastating when it does arrive.  I am surprised at how profoundly sad I feel about this loss, until I look back and understand why.

I remember when I was around 9 or 10 and going with my parents to the computer store.  It was the mid-80's and technology was still just on the verge of exploding.  I mean, not all that long before we had just gotten our first VCR and that totally blew my mind!  We left that store with a couple of boxes that had a rainbow colored apple on it.  My dad and I spent all that evening and most of the next weeks setting up our brand new Apple IIc and exploring what it could do.  That computer bonded my dad and I even more as we played those primitive first "games" on there.  I still have that computer.  In its original packaging.

Over the years I moved away from Apple and fully into PCs as that was the platform used by my universities and subsequent firms that I worked for as I entered the workforce.  My love for the beautifully visual Apple products never waned, however, as I wandered through the Apple stores and explored the latest and greatest in innovation.  Even now when driving by the Apple campus, seeing that logo on the signs that grace the street puts a smile on my face.

The man behind all of this, of course, was Steve Jobs.  I'm not going to go through a timeline of his life and accomplishments.  You can read about him pretty much anywhere at this point - and you'll continue to hear about him as people take in this extraordinary loss - not only to the world of technology and innovation, but to all of us dreamers out there.  You see maybe even more than the innovation he inspired, he represented what could be.  He represented what was possible.  For what could happen if it never crossed your mind that it wasn't possible.

For inspiring the imaginations and dreams for so many, including this girl who hasn't yet done much with them, iThankYou.


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