connecting the dots

(yes, another post today. here’s the first one: shameless self-promotion)

tonight during the course of a conversation about the future with one of my three awesome brothers-in-law, i was directed to Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford.

such wise words from someone gone too soon; each one of his three life stories hits me right square in the jaw.

for my entire life, the crazy path i’ve been on has made no sense whatsoever.

given up at birth, adopted, taken, given back, given to someone else (thankfully), bullied, abused, falling in love with a woman the first time, married, becoming a father, abandoned, falling in love with a man the first time, losing him, finding her, gaining them, hurting–but never losing–her, pursuing and finding a new love, reconciling with my mother and reuniting with my baby brother, losing our mom, being hurt by the one i loved, abandoned again, finding more siblings….
often i could never see or hope in what would lie ahead. but looking backward on my life, as he suggests, it does seem that the dots are in fact connecting. it’s starting to make sense…and it’s an incredible experience to watch it happen.
his comment about finding (again) what i love….
“the only way you will 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.”
without going into detail, my goodness how this speaks to exactly where i am in my life, as does his third point:
don’t waste it [time you’re given] living someone else’s life….don’t be trapped by dogma–the results of other people’s thinking…don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your voice”
find what i love. no dogma. no haters.
my voice.
thanks steve. #RIP

4 thoughts on “connecting the dots

  1. Steve was awesome in more than a few ways. Of course, he did amazing things with Apple and Pixar, but this speech in some ways can do more to inspire people than anything he did. Hopefully, people will watch the video and take his words to heart. “Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life.”

    • absolutely! i’m trying to repent of some of my earlier missteps in life by never living that way again! haha

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