The End of an Era

There are some moments in life that you just remember. They aren’t necessarily things that happen to you, but they change you nonetheless. In these moments, your senses become heightened even if it’s not your intention. It’s as if your brain takes a mental snapshot of where you are and what you are doing.

When Princess Diana died we were sleeping. My Uncle called my mum to tell her. We turned on the TV and watched.

On September 11th, 2001 I was in my 8th grade English class. I was told to gather my things because my parents were picking me up. I didn’t know what was going on but I knew it was unusual. No one was allowed to know in my middle school, but while I waited for two hours in the principals office for my parents to get me -they couldn’t get off the Navy base where we were living- I watched the events unfold.

When I found out Steve Jobs died I was at the Art Walk. My first Art Walk. I casually took in the scenery, a masterpiece of sorts. Thinking my phone was alerting me of a text – an iPhone no less – the simple message from AP saying that Apple had confirmed that Steve Jobs had died. Shock. Disbelief. I seriously considered whether or not Anonymous had hacked AP and sent out the message.

Two minutes later my boyfriend had the Apple website pulled up. It was confirmed.

In case you’re confused you don’t have to tell me that there’s no comparison to the death of Steve Jobs and 9/11, that’s not the point I’m trying to convey. If that’s what you think then you probably shouldn’t be reading anyway.

I know people will think it’s ridiculous that I blog about this, or on the other hand they’ll expect it, but it’s the first time I’ve ever felt the need to write about something to get it off my chest.

Yes, I’m a Mac. Yes, I’ve “bought into” the entire idea of Apple products. Yes, I follow Apple news. Yes, I eagerly await announcements.

I wasn’t always like this. I used to use a Gateway. I used to used a Dell. Between schools and work I’ve used Windows since 1995 and thought the whole Mac concept was ridiculous. I loathed that the X was on the left side of the window and that the word “File” sat at the top of the screen. My friend had a mac and I hated using the computer at her house. It ran pretty deep.

The thing is though, Steve Jobs doesn’t just instill the idea that you can have a product if you think it, he instills many things that I find imperative to life in itself – even things that I haven’t yet developed myself. He’s painfully honest, doesn’t give a shit what people think they want, and is so driven he doesn’t take no for an answer. (Or, he takes your no, does it himself, markets it better than you ever could and basically tells you to shove it up your ass.)

Reading all the Steve Jobs quotes going around makes me want to cry. It doesn’t matter if you think that’s stupid, because it’s honest. I didn’t know him and wish I did, but I felt like I knew him because I looked up to him in so many ways that aren’t related to his company. Plus, I can cry anyway, he really did change my life.

I’ve been strolling through people’s comments and some of them just greatly irritate me and some them I adore. Whether you’re a PC or a Mac, and iPhone or an Android you should still recognize the innovations that are in this world because of Steve Jobs. For the people that get that, I applaud you. For those who don’t…well, you’re an idiot.

If you think you don’t pay into Apple or that it hasn’t effected your life, do you live under a rock? If you think this, you’ve obviously never seen a Pixar film, you don’t use most fonts, and you can’t possibly use a touchscreen phone or an app. I’m not saying he invented all of these things, but he still did the best with them. Sure, you may use a Samsung Galaxy, but remember when companies were saying that people didn’t want touchscreens? Yeah, I do. It’s actually where RIM started to go down the tub. What about when the App Store came out for the iPhone? How many apps did you buy before that? How many jobs did Apple create? Where would Angry Birds be? I can’t help but think that you’re lying to yourself if you think your life isn’t at all changed. Whether you want to believe it or not, this is the end of an era and I’m so glad I was a part of it.

I got my macbook pro – the same one I’m typing on now – in May of 2006. It was a joke that asked for it, but I really wanted to get a little more creative. Since then I’ve expanded, but always stayed true to my first item to the collection. Even as I consider getting a new laptop, I know I’ll always keep this one. Between my MBP, iPad, iPod, & iPhone I’ve never been so connected. (Don’t worry, I actually do have more Apple products than that.) Part of my love for social media is interlocked with these products and I couldn’t see my life any other way. My passion for tech has been forever, but the floodgates opened in 2006 with my first Mac and iPod…the student deal.

Since then I’ve craved tech – and yes, this includes things non mac. CES is my Disney World and Pulse feeds me. Now, it’s an addiction, but something I’m proud of and I owe some of my passion to Steve. It’s a passion I know he’s well aware of, even if he doesn’t know it’s mine, too.

On Tuesday I kept willing Steve Jobs to come on stage. I don’t know what I wanted more, an iPhone 5 release or him to come on stage. Obviously neither of those happened, but of course I didn’t know what would come.

When it’s all said and done, I’m deeply saddened by the death of someone I didn’t know, but he altered my life more than many people I do know.

RIP Steve Jobs; Thank you for changing my life.

xx

Steve Jobs Commencement

“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. 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.” – Steve Jobs

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3 thoughts on “The End of an Era

  1. frizzledfroggy says:

    This post is amazing! I really loved him and I know exactly what you mean about losing someone who is very inspirational

  2. clarissa.deida@gmail.com says:

    So true your post and you actually moved me and I got a tear in my eye. Totally understand where you are coming from and i can say that I came into contact with Apple in 2008. Great blog!! 🙂 🙂

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