“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
— from a commencement address Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University on June 14, 2005, as he was recovering from surgery to remove cancer from his pancreas.
Yesterday, as you may have heard, Jobs took a leave of absence from Apple after learning that recent health issues were “more complex” than originally thought.
Get well soon, Steve. (Towleroad is made on a Mac)