It is true.
No one really pays a lot of attention to someone who is truly great until he is gone.
“But once you’re gone, you belong to the world.” [quoted from an acquaintance of Steve]
Within minutes of his passing, almost every media you can think of spoke of him. Tweets sky rocketed and we mourned with isad tweets and RIP Steve Jobs all over the internet.
Next came his speeches from Stanford in 2005 and pictures and lists of Apple products people purchased. Anything associated with Steve Jobs were searched on the internet 25% of the time on October 6th, 2011 (the day after his passing) in the U.S.A.
What was coincidental is that we were just talking about the iPhone4S with our friend and was thinking of ways to make a parody of the marketing campaign. This was about an hour before the wild fire spread of his passing. By the time I got back on the internet, saw the pages, the tweets and facebook news, my mouth just dropped and I cross referenced with several reliable sources to make sure it wasn’t a hoax.
My bf and I spoke of him that night and tried to make connections and sense out of everything he’s done and how precious life is for all of us.
As a Chinese born Canadian, I began to think about old school Chinese traditions and what our parents want us to become. Quoting Mr Jobs:
“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.”
As I write on my Mac and start to make my own connections in life, although I have broken free of the typical careers Chinese parents would have wanted of me, I still think I can do more to encourage or inspire others to follow their own heart and intuition.
Just because I was once told I cannot do this or I cannot be like that, doesn’t mean it is true.
The night he passed, I could only offer his words of wisdom, and try to pass it along to those who appreciate it: