This is the year of many turning points. A year when I gritted my teeth every night and willed myself day after day to perform the same routine with a smile. Externally, nothing has changed, but internally, I was slowly being worn out from the fatigue of life and I was falling apart.
However, tonight, when I heard about the passing of Steve Jobs, I was jerked back into reality. Jobs is an icon of our times, he was only 56 years old, but in his short time here on earth, he has redefined the way we live and changed the way we thought about technology. Like so many others, I spent all night goggling and reading every morsel I can find about this private, accomplished and also sometimes misunderstood man. With all the media attention surrounding the death of Steve Jobs, there was no missing this inspiring Commencement Address he gave to Stanford University in 2005.
Watch it or read it here.
This video was exactly what I needed tonight. It gave me comfort, courage and most of all, it gave me HOPE!!! I realized I had allowed myself to become trapped, living a life I neither recognized nor enjoyed. Worse, I had convinced myself that there was no way out of it. Quitting a job to travel in a double-digit unemployment environment will probably be seen as many as a foolish and incomprehensible move. But, who cares? Something has to give. Change is already happening in me and this time, I have to allow the change to happen. Perhaps this year, finally, we will trade in our office cubes for our packing cubes.
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." -- Steve Jobs
Thank You Steve! May you rest in peace.