Resignation

Steve Jobs resigned yesterday.

I applaud that he’s making such a tough decision with grace, and it helps to know that he’ll still be around at Apple. I’ll echo Woz in stating that he just needs some Steve Time. And he’s certainly earned it.

My problem isn’t so much with him resigning, as it is how this is making me think about stuff I don’t like to think about.

Since I was a senior in high school, Steve has been back at the helm of the company he founded, churning out one ridiculously well polished device after another. More than just a CEO, he was the public facing figurehead of a company that made products that spoke to my desires as a creative individual. As a person, he was representative of things within all of us that I can’t verbalize right now.

It’s been obvious for a while that his health has been failing. The pancreatic cancer. His liver transplant a few years ago. His steadily declining waistband. I know it sounds melodramatic, but it really has been like watching a loved one decline into old age, body going along with it.

Apples surge in popularity has lessened the whole “creative individual” angle for me, but that in no way diminishes the quality of their products and the user experiences they garner. I make a living on a Mac. And an iPhone.

Whether you want to admit it or not, he has influenced your life. If you’ve never used a Mac, never held an iPhone, or never listened to music through iconic white ear buds, you can still not deny that this one man has impacted all of us.

Even if you don’t know his name, Steve Jobs made changes in the world that made your life better.

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