I am sitting here watching the news of Steve Jobs passing away tonight and I can't help thinking of how someone I have never met has made such an impact on my life. You might be thinking...okay, that is a little much...these are just devices and computers, but to me...I can pin point memories for the past 10 years to joy in those little devices.
2nd Generation iPod - You took me through the subways of NYC to my internship days at Relix. I can distinctly remember stepping out of my apartment door listening to "Everything in it's Right Place" by Radiohead like it is yesterday. The city moved so accurately to that song. This little device gave me the power to transport my music everywhere. When you saw me walking around...I had earbuds on. Thank you Steve Jobs...I fell in love to NYC with your device helping to provide the soundtrack.
5th Generation iPod - I can almost feel the cool fall night air whipping through the car while Chad and I were driving home from dinner one night listening to My Morning Jacket. It was just one of those moments where you looked at your partner and thought...I am just truly happy. When we got home he proposed and we listened to MMJ until 4am looking through old pictures and talking about what our future was going to look like. Thank you Steve Jobs for giving me those moments so easily through your device.
Laura Graham and that little technology bug was in both of us. We reconnected over the news and now so many years later Chad and I are both so lucky to have the Grahams in our lives. Thank you Steve Jobs for connecting me back with an old friend over how amazing your technology is.
iMovie - One of my favorite things to do is capture sweet moments and lay them out to a soundtrack that I get to choose. iMovie allows me to do just that with each birthday, Christmas and special occasion. It's my digital scrapbook. Thank you Steve Jobs for giving me a way to express myself and make these memories.
iPad - This little gadget is what I imagined when I thought of the future. I get to teach my son the ABCs, talk with my brother with FaceTime, read parenting books and travel with all the technology I love. My own mother has a love for the iPad and watches a video of my son each day...she gets to see him grow up every step of the way. Thank you Steve Jobs for making the future now.
Such a sad day for the world. These things are more than devices...they are communication, prosperity and vehicles to transform your life to a better place. To know that one man had such an impact on the world is such an inspiration. You definitely had an impact on me Steve Jobs. Thank you and rest in peace.