A man died this week: he may have well revolutionised modern technology, but, first and foremost he was a friend to many, a father to four and a husband. He was loved and he loved in return: those people now grieve for the man they knew intimately and have now lost. A gaping hole will exist in their hearts but they have had the privilege of loving him, knowing him and learning from him. His personal life was private - and I find this extremely admirable - and it was obvious that he cherished his family.
He had so much to give; he was passionate and inspirational in all that he did, and yes, he may well be remembered for his contribution to the world of technology but I hope that he will be remembered for more. He was a magnificent and inspirational orator and we could all do well listening to his wise words. He lived each day as if it was his last and his impending death taught him the true value of life:
"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...Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent."
I didn't know him; I feel that I can not grieve or mourn for him, but I can be - and am - inspired by him, by his passion for life. We could all do with a little of his passion, remembering to live our own lives and not the life of someone else. For many his words will echo into eternity:
"There is no reason not to follow your heart."
Steve Jobs died peacefully, surrounded by his cherished family on October 5th 2011.