Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

I don’t know much about technology. I really don’t. You can call me Wilma Flintstone if you like – it is the truth – I am running on empty in my tank of knowledge concerning anything in the world of geekdom. I do my best – but if the truth be told – I am lucky I can write this document, save it right the first time and email it to The L Stop editors – where ever they may be in this virtual world.

What I do know however is that this guy Steve Jobs was an amazing man. He possessed a mind vast and infinite with possibilities. He saw what no one else imagined and not only did he see those things – he brought them all to life. How many people in this world can say they have that capacity – let alone the tenacity to create all of that something from so much of nothing? Blows my little mind.

I remember when no home had a computer – none. Computers where the big noisy things with a million switches and blinking lights that shot out pounds of paper on the Jetson’s. They were in the back ground in all those old James Bond movies and used only by people in the FBI. I am not even kidding here – computers were not real once upon a time – not really. How did Steve Jobs ever imagine that he could alter our worlds and thereby alter our lives with his dreams and visions? He believed – he was genius and he worked and worked to connect all the dots – he never stopped – never. What an inspirational and magical soul.

In the end this man of vision grew sick from a cancer all the money in the world could not destroy. Something he said resonates with me today – something that should touch each of us in some meaningful way. For this was a man who had everything money could buy. This was a man who was happy in love and life. This was a respected and admired guru of technology who literally and figuratively changed the world and how we live it. And in all his success he knew that we all need to look beyond the material and the hype. We all need to find the child and the dreamer inside of us and never lose track of just how wonderful being alive should be.

He said, “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share………..All pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

I know nothing about many things – but I know for certain Steve Jobs leaves more than a legacy – he leaves us all a way of life we never knew before he came along.

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About K. Guzman

Kathy grew up all over the US - lots of east coast time. She is a surfer girl with an unabridged curiosity. A woman whose mid life awakening continues to bring her to the place she was meant to be. Her degree in Journalism/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida is being yanked from the archives and put to good use. Her two kids are grown and rock stars in this wild world – her Harley is ready for some serious summer miles – and her heart remains open to life, women and the possibilities each day brings.


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