This website is certainly not my personal blog. But it’s what I have closest, so let me be a bit personal about the recent News of Steve Jobs’ Death. On June 5th, 2011, my dad left us, after having fought for almost 2 years a brain tumor. 4 months later, day to day, Steve, which I consider of a somewhat second dad, left us as well. It gets worse because between those 2, during the Summer, David Servan Schreiber left us as well.
Those 3 men have been very important for me, at different periods of my life. Obviously a dad is a dad, so there’s no comparison whatsoever. But this is Pomcast, right? So I’ll concentrate on Steve in this blog post. But just to finish on the emphasis of the 3 men, the other one, David Servan Schreiber, died from the exact same brain tumor as my dad. Before that, he wrote a Book, which I read. I read other ones. I interested myself in What the Heck is Cancer? — and I got a lot of Answers from reading, and I changed many things in my life: food, stress, … A lot of possible reasons for Cancer being all around us.
Steve left us as well from Cancer. Another type, and it’s surely not anymore hard to be surrounded by people dying of Cancer, but this is mainly the reason why I’m not resolved to leave the same way they did. Anyhow — I was as well surprised to not hear a single mention of Steve during the introduction of the iPhone 4S. Then again, when I heard back in August he was stepping out, I knew what it meant. I had just been living the last month (back in May) with my dad, and I knew how it was.
Nevertheless, I was (and still am) terribly sad. I guess what makes it different than with my dad, is that it’s not something I’m sharing with my family, but it’s something I’m sharing with the community. Good thing I learned about it before going to bed yesterday. What a shock for those hearing that in the morning!
The day before my dad left us, I spoke in his hears. I told him “Thank you, for everything you did for me — You’ve been an amazing dad!”. I guess it’s time to say “Thank you, for everything you did for us” to Steve as well. I wouldn’t be what I am without my dad, but I wouldn’t be it without Steve, or David.
Let me end with one my favorite quote from Steve: Stay hungry, Stay foolish. And in any case, go outside, leave your laptop now and then, spend time with your family, and most importantly, enjoy every second of it. Since my dad left us, I bring my daughters to bed with another “mood”. I think about my dad every single time. Now I will probably think about “our” dad, of us all, this amazing Apple community he was at the root of, and I am so terribly proud to be part of.