Today, the world of technology and the internet woke up to a sad news: the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, passed away. I’m sure everyone has received more than their share of the downpour of hundreds of thousands of articles, photos, videos, infographics, and tweets since the moment the news broke. This article is not one of them.
His life, experiences, and contributions to the age of technology and information are already known to all of you or can be found in the links above. Instead of those well-known clichés, I will talk about the only thing this news reminded me of, as is the case with every person whose death affects my life: death. For me, Steve Jobs is not just a genius in technology or design; he is someone who has contributed to my experiences and principles in everything from my obsession with being 30 years old to success, perseverance, and determination with his observations and experiences that give meaning to life.
While we are all swept away in daily ambitions, calculations, goals, and relationships, living as if we will never die, Steve Jobs realized the unchanging, absolute, and greatest truth of life: death, and he learned lessons from it. Death is an end that we will all eventually face, but we have the chance to achieve immortality with what we do and the choices we make.
Tomorrow, we will continue our lives as if nothing has happened and thoughtlessly consume our most valuable asset: our time. All the debates and words spoken today will be forgotten again. However, death will silently continue to wait for all of us in a corner. I want you to look at this subject, which he reserved a special place for in his famous Stanford speech that everyone remembers today, with his words:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. Yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”
“Right now, the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
“And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.Steve Jobs