October 6, 2011

At the age of 20, I don’t remember a world without Steve Jobs.

Me & Mr. Jobs.

It’s so surreal.

At age 20, I don’t remember a world without Steve Jobs.

He did not merely change my world, he defined everything with which I was raised.

I learned to type on a big ol’ glorious chunky Apple computer in kindergarten – and I was hooked.

Steve Jobs made smart products for real people, bringing useful and relevant technology into our lives in a way that betters humanity and the planet. One of the greatest innovators of all time, Jobs connected dots (one of my favorite concepts) around the globe, bringing us together one by one, making the world smaller, tighter knit, more intelligent, efficient, and communicative.

He had ideas – and brought them to life because of his optimism and love of both life and work. Steve Jobs changed the way we live, interact, learn, and see ourselves and the world around us. How do I share, transmit, and receive in my own life? Via my MacBook, my iPad, my iTouch, iWeb (yes, I still use it!) as I listen to iTunes, read iBooks, make iMovies, upload to iPhoto, and update my iCal.

This is who I am. And one man changed my life. And he changed your life too, I am certain. With passion, drive, and imagination, one individual really can revolutionize the world. Thank you, Steve Jobs, for inspiring me.

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

And I too feel as if I am one of those crazy few. We will follow in the footsteps of this genius, an extraordinary visionary, endeavoring to create more good in our world.

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