Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Art Blog: LIVE before you die

I learned something today. Maybe I knew this all along, but it is good to be reminded. It is a sad day. Steve Jobs died. Hanging on the wall in front of me as I sit and type this is an "Appleholic Award". I got this silly, little award in the shape of a CD years ago. I have always been an APPLE girl. To hear of Mr. Jobs death makes me realize it is an end of an era.

Reading about his life, I got a little nudge. He lived a really great life. He was a true genius and his brilliance has touched all of us. One thing I read today struck me hard. Here is an excerpt from Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. Read this and think about your own life. I am doing that right now.

"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. 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. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."


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