Life in the Fast Lane

A TRIATHLETE'S MULTISPORT ADVENTURES, TRAVELS, RANDOM MUSINGS, AND CHRONICLES OF HER OTHERWISE ORDINARY LIFE

In Pursuit Of

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The first computer I ever touched was an Apple computer. Back when WordPerfect was the word processor of choice; when Carmen Sandiego was my favorite thing to play; when you could only save files on floppy disks; when using a mouse felt like a foreign concept (what is that arrow doing and why is it following me?). It was my aunt's and she lived next door to me at the time.



Photo from vectronicsappleworld.com.

I was around 10 years old then and with that computer, I spent hours writing poetry, short stories, and novelettes. I dreamed that someday, I would be a writer.

Little did I know that, years later, I would actually become a writer. Not the kind of writer I envisioned I would be as a child; no, my name isn't on the cover of any bestseller at the moment. But I am a writer nonetheless.

Today, the scripts I churn out, the ideas that my brain concretizes, the copy I produce for digital and print ads — all of these have come to life because of Apple products: the iMac I use at work, plus my own MacBook.

I've also been blessed to have owned other Apple products along the way: the first Mac I've owned was a hand-me-down iBook G3; my first-ever major purchase with my own salary was the first-generation iPod Nano; since then, I've given iPods to my parents and siblings, bought myself a MacBook, an iPod Touch, and several generations of iPhones; our family's desktop computer is now a Mac Mini.

With my first generation iPod Touch + my iPhone.

But I'll always be thankful for how Apple, as a computer pioneer, somehow made me what I am today.

“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."
- Steve Jobs, 2005

I loved seeing my thoughts come to life on a computer screen when I was a child.

Until now, I get that same thrill.

Today, the world mourns the loss of Steve Jobs in more ways than one. We've said goodbye to someone who changed the face of technology. Someone who humanized products that would otherwise be seen as intimidating, untouchable. He invaded our offices, homes, and personal space with gadgets that made life so much more accessible and convenient.

By the way, he made sure that they looked pretty darn sleek and stylish.

Though he is no longer with us, his legacy as a visionary, as a great thinker, as someone who pursued what he loved to do, will live with us always.

Just as you pursued your dreams, you've inspired me to keep going after mine.

Thank you, Steve Jobs.

We will miss you.

P.S. This entry was proudly written with an iMac.

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