Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
What a beautiful speech.
It’s a rainy three day weekend in Buenos Aires, and I find myself home alone on a Friday for the first time in … well, a long time. I listen to the rainwater splashing as cars drive by, which you wouldn’t normally hear five stories up, but my windows are quite drafty. I feel that the rain is appropriate and I’m grateful for an evening of contemplation. I felt somber due to the death of Steve Jobs.
I had seen this video last year; I used it as a listening activity for my English students. I found it inspirational. His speech touched on subjects that I’ve spent much time contemplating – my parents, my college education, my mortality and what I want to do with my life.
I’ve often felt guilty for leaving the US and coming to Argentina. I felt like I abandoned my family and betrayed my friends. I’ve felt that I had to come up with excuses and justifications for being here. I didn’t really know what I was running away from, or what I was headed for when I came here; but I came, and I’m glad.
Mr. Jobs talks about following his heart, and trusting that “your dots will connect in the future”. I hope you’re right Mr. Jobs. Rest in peace. Your accomplishments were a testament to the potential of mankind and your young death a poignant reminder that we are mere mortals.