The news last night of Steve Jobs' passing affected me way more than I thought it would. I had to force myself to get off my iPhone because everyone's comments and all the videos shared were just too overwhelming to me. I lay awake last night thinking of how I could blog this without sounding too pretentious or making it all about me. I even debated not blogging it at all but then I thought, how could I not pay tribute to the man who changed the world? I didn't know Steve personally, I never met any of his family members or friends and I can't pretend to know what his effect was on the rest of the world. I only know how it affected my little world. So here it goes...
Growing up in Costa Rica in the 70s and 80s, I didn't have much (or any) exposure to computers. It wasn't really until I attended UCF and got my first job as a student assistant in the Art Department in 1989 that I had my first real experience with a computer. It was a Mac. I believe it was the Mac SE/30 but I may be wrong. My memory is kind of foggy. The screen was white and black (no colors) and I believe it only had two applications: MacWrite and MacPaint, but I thought it was the coolest thing since sliced bread! I typed exams and reports for the professors on this machine. The year after that we got a Classic and I thought it just couldn't get any better than that. haha. In the years and decades that followed, I'm pretty sure I worked on almost every version of Mac available out there... I fondly remember the Quadra, the Performa, the iMac G3 (tangerine, of course!) and so many others.
Today, I can honestly (and proudly) say that MODKID is an Apple-based company. I am typing this on a MacBookPro 17". All of our fabric and sewing patterns are designed on a Mac. We communicate with each other on our iPhones. We entertain our kids with an iPad. We blast iTunes at Modkid HQ every day. Even our resident PC user (Jon) has an iMac on his desk for designing our website and email blasts.
One of my favorite Steve Jobs quotes is this one from his 2005 Stanford commencement speech:
“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 other’s 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.”
I believe this with all my heart and live it every day. I was lucky enough that my parents didn't force me to choose a career I wasn't passionate about. They never told me they wanted me to be a doctor or a lawyer. They never made me feel like I was making a poor choice. I knew from as far back as I can remember that I wanted to be an artist. I can't imagine my world without art. I can't imagine being or doing anything else.
The "Think Different." campaign is all about that. It's about the people who made a difference in the world because they were different. Because they were rebels. Because they were crazy enough to do what others were too scared to.
If there is anything I hope I pass on to my two daughters is this desire to do something that makes them feel good and proud inside... a desire to not conform to anyone else's opinions or expectations of them. A desire to follow their passion and intuition.
Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs. You were an inspiration to us all and you will be greatly missed.