I stopped reading the daily news a while ago, so it’s no surprise that I heard about Jobs’ passing from someone else. The interesting thing is that on hearing the news I wasn’t really sad in the typical sense.
It was more a state of calm and quiet reflection - a period of introspection. As if I had just noticed that they turned off the background music that had been playing in my little elevator of life for the last decade.
The funny thing about the music stopping was that rather than feeling that I would now live in world of silence, I felt more compelled to make my own. And I don’t think I was alone in this.
During the week of Jobs passing I heard about people rethinking the foundations of their lives, quitting jobs and starting once-shelved projects. It was as if Jobs had become part of the “Force” and infused in others powers greater than they alone thought possible.
If in the end Job’s passing results in hundreds of thousands of “Jobs OS” running individuals, I think his contributions through Apple will really become the smallest part of his legacy.