I was with a friend when the news broke: Steve Jobs had died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
It seemed as if the world had come to an end. People wept, blogged, remembered, philosophized, eulogized. There were innumerable tweets, photo diaries, tributes, lists of accomplishments, videos, myths, speculation. All of them touching, and a fitting tribute to a man who married technology, function and form to create some of the most beautiful and effective communication lifestyle devices in the world. And who made an absolute fortune doing so.
Like millions, I am saddened by Steve Jobs’ death, as I am when I hear that anyone has died after battling cancer. My heart goes out to his family, who watched him fight a great fight. Jobs’ death was a personal loss to those who loved him, those who knew him, and to many millions more who did not.
And then I saw this.
God bless you @DJWILLIE for reminding us all that Steve Jobs’ lived a life that should be celebrated. He left a tremendous legacy that all of us, fanboi and techno-peasant alike, can rejoice in. Job’s may have died, but first he really lived.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone had that chance?
Here’s a list of organizations dedicated to this hope. Please add your favourite charities, share this post, and help the list grow.