The loss of another Childhood Hero

Originally posted by MemZee 10/07/11

Written one year ago…MemZee reflects on the loss of some important people in his development.

After a day of reflection and reading multiple responses and words of condolences to the family of Steve Jobs, I’ve been able to really ponder on all that has been influenced by the vision of one man.

Yesterday I lost a childhood hero who influenced my life in ways that many other people within my generation and younger can easily sympathize with. From the articles of Wired as a young boy and such movies as the Pirates of Silicon Valley, I found a hero in Steve Jobs. I’ve always considered myself a dreamer and one who looks to the impossible as just improbable until proven impossible. There are so many quotes that Steve has come up with amongst his interviews and public speeches that can fill a book. Most people have pointed to his 2005 Commencement speech at Stanford’s graduating class. It can be easily noticed that by the context of his speech and manner in which he spoke on that day, this was a man who had gone through all the stages of grief. His words were of wisdom that will live on in the lives of everyone that heard or hears this speech. Afterword you will find yourself becoming introspective and also reflect on the how inspired those words meant to you. Then we begin to look at the company he built and how everything they do reflects the same ideals that pushed him forward after facing death and it’s reality as apart of life.

I’ve lost three of my childhood heroes so far in life. The first was Jim Henson who inspired me as a child with the lesson that not all monsters are scary or bad, taught me how to get to sesame street, and how it’s not easy being green. The next was Mister Rogers who was a great inspiration to enjoy reading and learning about how things work. He also taught me the benefit of taking of your shoes when you get in the house. I recall times when being baby sat by my grandparents and how Mister Rogers always had a way of engaging me at my own level and felt not like being taught by a teacher but by a friend happy to share something with me. It was only till I was older that I read and saw the autobiography of Fred McFeely Rogers. Little did I know how bad ass this man was and the incredible life he lived. Fun Fact about Mister Rogers that I love to share is how come he always wore long sleeved shirts. The reason being is because as a young man serving in the Navy he got many a tattoo on his arms, so he had to wear the long sleeves to conceal them. Another awesome thing was before he died as routine, every morning he would get up and swam laps around an Olympic sized pool for over 40 years.

Finally Steve Jobs who passed and left us a world of people touched by his brilliance. I can only imagine the things that I might learn about this childhood hero of mine that I still do not know about him. All I do know is that he taught us to look ahead and to the possible if we put our heart into something we love. To not look back and let people try and falter you from your gut reactions or inspiring dreams. No one can put it better than him,

“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, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” -Steve Jobs

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart……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.” -(portion taken from his 2005 commencement Speech at Stanford) Steve Jobs

So as Steve said it best “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Posted by MemZee