I like to imagine that I am the only one on the planet who does NOThave Angry Birds loaded on her smartphone…or her iTouch or her iPad. But I do have a Sponge Bob Square Pants game app loaded on my iTouch. When all else fails, my son will easily be distracted by that goofy little sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Hazel likes this app too.
Watching her enjoy this fun game, this app on this handheld computer device, I wonder if she will ever come to realize just how much her world…her Mi-ma’s world has opened up and changed all because one man dared to “think different” and wanted “to put a ding in the universe.” There is so much that we have now, that we use everyday without so much as a second thought all because of the genius of this man:
- the PC as we know it: I am a Windows kind of girl but were it not for Jobs I would not be navigating it all so well without its pull-down menus, mouse and icons
- fonts: all his time auditing calligraphy classes after he dropped out of college perhaps inspired him and, if it did, I am so glad. How boring would my word processing and writing programs be with just 1 or 2 boring fonts. A girl can get very bored with just Arial and Comic Sans in her life.
- Pixar: they had me (and my circus act) at Toy Story but from there we have been taken to infinity…and beyond!
- iPods: from turntables and records to 8 track tapes to dozens and dozens of cassettes under the seats of my old car to CDs gathering dust in my closet (along with old vinyls) I now can store and carry up to 40,000 songs that easily fits in my jeans pocket. In the beginning it might have seemed to be that the end was near but soon we all came to realize just how freakin’ awesome the iPod is.
- iTunes: Napster was fun, Limewire drove me insane when my kids loaded it onto our PC but after I got my very first iPod over six years ago, how I purchased music, then videos, then movies changed forever.
- iPhones: I admit it, I still have my crackberry. I have liked it a lot for sometime now but especially after acquiring my iPad, I am thinking that when I can I am ready to take a bite again out of the Apple. After all, even my Dad now carries an iPhone.
- iPads: after seeing just some of the magic potential that can come from this tablet that fits so easily in my hands, I soon came to realize just a blink of the magic I hold in my hands now thanks to my Dad…Thanks Dad! How far I have come to the ginormous, lumbering 286 PC that we first had years and years and years ago…and yet I haven’t even begun to realize the potential I hold in my hands now.
It’s amazing how much has been developed, changed and evolved in the world of computers and technology just in my adult life and it all has been influenced by or a direct result of the genius of one man. No one has not been touched or influenced by it either…not even my 3 year old grandchild. Truly he is the Thomas Alva Edison of our age.
During his commencement address to the 2005 graduates of Stanford, Jobs advised the grads to seek out work that they loved to do. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.“ This is a truth that I wholly believe, embrace and try to teach my own circus clowns…God help me, I know the potential of it coming to back to bite me on the butt is high still I stand behind it. I found my passion years ago and I see at least one of my clowns beginning to the potential to realize hers. There is no promises of riches or accolades but the satisfaction at the end of the day is there. I do hope for great success for all of my children and for my grandchildren…someone has to take care of me in the style I wish to be accustomed to someday. But at the end of the day, I want my children to know the joy, the satisfaction in doing what they love and doing it very well. That, my darlings, is where we start to make a ding in the universe…perhaps not as big as a ding as Steve Jobs but then again one never knows the impact even the smallest ding in the universe might have. If it brings joy or sparks the imagination of even one child like this sweet grand-girl of mine then they are off to a great start.
Talking to your children about the recent death of Steve Jobs? My friend, Amy, has a beautifully written bedtime fable that is a lovely, lovely way to share with them the life of the man who made a big ding in our universe.
I want to put a ding in the universe.