iCried today. Rarely has a perfect stranger caught me off guard like this. Then I realized I wasn’t alone. Many more through scores of bytes zipping across the smallest & fattest pipes were expressing their deepest void like never before. It seemed like a favorite toy had been pulled away from us. We were adults for God’s sake. Then why was there such an outpouring of emotions? The last time I felt sadness (like real sadness for a stranger) of a different kind was when MJ moonwalked away.
This post is a short & sweet one. Much like what Steve did to the many contraptions in our lives. Made them short, sweet & simple. The many words of gratitude continue to flow & I paused for a few moments wondering why across the world, there was just so much to say. The words seemed to resonate like an echo:
Wow! in the land of geeks, Willy Wonka thrived. I think that was it!! The beauty of every thing Steve & Apple did was to evoke the CHILD-LIKE SPONTANEITY in us. We do play with our toys don’t we?!!. iMac, iPod, iPad, iPhone…he focused on the ‘i’ and the need for each of us to live it up. It was accessible, exciting & made us look silly often. But it was okay.
People say he was a magician for the creative practitioners. I say he bought out the creativity that each of us was born with.
Let us not forget that his skills extended to Pixar & while I am still ‘Finding Nemo’, I stay an eternal fan of his ‘Toy Story’. He had that storytelling thing in him alright. Something something that makes the kid in all of us love him.
Steve’s passing over to a new world today, makes me wonder if another fairy tale just came to an end. Pardon me if I sound a mite too bombastic, but he pretty much was one of the finest & most endearing innovators of our times.
Someone tweeted about the legacy of Steve Jobs & what he did to our hearts: iCame, iSaw, iConquered. How true. So I am not letting him go. Not as yet. Not as long as the forbidden fruit stays agile & entertaining. Not as long as it serves as an inspiration & keeps the spirit alive. In my heart, I believe it will outlive him. He’d want that.
You may have often read his famous 2005 Stanford commencement address. It’s a bigger high to watch the video. Here it is & one of my favorites lines is this, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Here\’s a link to some of his inspirational quotes.“I WANT TO PUT A DING IN THE UNIVERSE” takes a whole new meaning with this man doesn’t it? So forgive me again, as I copy & paste a few words from the epitaph of another great. I borrow from a mathematician & the celebrated father of computer science & artificial intelligence, Alan Turing, to express my deepest gratitude and awe.
Hyperboloids of wondrous Light
Rolling for aye through Space and Time
Harbour those Waves which somehow Might
Play out God’s holy pantomime