i have posted this quote before, on this blog, somewhere. anyway, everyone and their moms posted it on facebook today via iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Samsung Galaxy.
but today, more than anything else, i thought of Dr Ralph Steinman and Steve Jobs and the kids in Somalia and the homeless in Japan and the old people at the eldercare center i used to go to and my family and the med student who’s gone missing in Greece and then finally the desperate twentysomethings trying to make it in this world, much as Steve once was. my friends remarked that i looked distressed. mortality drives my anxiety. must run today must book ticket home today must plan experiment today. some days it’s good, some days it’s not. in any case, i move forward. during my runs, the same thing happens: the first 5 are the hardest, then after that, the rhythm easily melds with your body, becomes one, and you stop thinking. running has become the new stationary. and it is this dynamic that i want for the next 10, 20 years of my life.
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
this is for all the twentysomethings reading this blog. may we never settle.
RIP Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011