Yesterday the world lost a giant.
As you awaken to the news that none of us will be able to get away from for the next few days, the sparkle in my eye is a little dimmer, but only for a moment. I can tell you, without any reservations, that this site would not exist if it weren’t for Steve Jobs. Neither, for that matter, would my career. I could write a great deal about the many ways in which my life has been touched by Jobs and how much influence his work has had on everything I’ve done, but instead I want to focus on the message which he leaves behind.
At Stanford’s 114th commencement ceremony in June 2005, Steve gave a keynote which I believe embodies many of the values which we, as travellers, hold true to our hearts. As I’ve grown to know and love the travel industry, I’ve discovered that the single overarching quality which ties us all together is a true and unadulterated passion for life. A life which is made up of no more than a series of fleeting moments, memories, and opportunities – until planned obsoletion sets in.
I hope, in my lifetime, that I can influence and change but a tiny percentage of those whom were touched by this man. If there truly is life after death then I for one am pretty sure whoever is on the other side won’t be judging our success or failure based on our bank balances. Take this as an opportunity to redefine what really matters to you.
Yesterday the world lost a giant, but we are left with a legacy that will last for many more lifetimes to come.
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.
Rest in peace.
- 6 October, 2011 @ 8:17 [Current Revision] by John O'Nolan
- 6 October, 2011 @ 1:45 by John O'Nolan