This Mortal Coil is on Shuffle

Steve left us today, and it feels like a close friend and a member of the family has gone. Understandably so, because, quite succinctly, he’s in every part of my day. He’s in my communication, my creativity, and my leisure. He’s in my aesthetic, my addictions, and my business. He’s most certainly in my inspiration. He has made our lives better, regardless of how you feel about him personally.

There was not one ounce of self-pity nor ego in his public resignation letter last month. He stated it clearly: he could no longer do what he does. He knew he was going to die. And he pulled away gently – the very definition of grace – without lingering on it and without putting it on anyone else.

Thank you, Steve. You are one of my most respected heroes, and you will continue to inspire.

“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.”

Photo via Gawker • Quote via Observer

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3 Responses to “This Mortal Coil is on Shuffle”

  1. dryad_wombat Says:
    October 6th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for writing this. We are all the poorer for his loss.

    It's an incredibly sad day. But he is – was (! that ghastly past tense) so inspirational.

    Thanks for writing about this so beautifully.

    Tearful solidarity.

  2. cygnoir Says:
    October 7th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    This is wonderful, and so sad. I still am having a hard time believing that it is real.

  3. Kirsten Says:
    October 9th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Apropos of nothing I just wanted to pop in and say, Hi! I am reading here and thinking of both of you fondly. (You and Sted, not you and Steve Jobs.)

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