Although We Never Met, I Love You

Those Special Ones

Over the course of a lifetime, many of us end up idolizing or at least having a strong attraction to a public figure, artist, musician, athlete, actor, etc… and I am no exception. This Christmas, my niece and nephew gave me the biography of Steve Jobs as a gift. It was honestly an emotional moment to see his face again on the book cover, and it was then I realized, I love this man. From 1987, I have been a fan of his brilliance; owning my first Mac that year and have since purchased an ipod and iphone. He not only changed my world, he changed THE world in a very cool way. After working on both PC and Apple computers for many years, it is no doubt in my mind that Apple is hands down the best operating system available, and the MacIntosh computer wasn’t even his biggest contribution to society! Steve Jobs was one of a kind and the whole world is a better place because of his awesome genius. Even after learning of his terminal cancer, he never stopped creating, because he loved what he did. He was a perfect example of living one’s passion and never accepting the word “can’t”. He was a visionary who will remain in our lives for a very long time.

As a child growing up in the 60’s, it was impossible to not be affected in some way by music. Elvis was the first rocker I remember, and by the early 60’s, bands appeared on the music scene constantly; not fly by night bands, but bands such as The Beatles, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and hundreds more that we still enjoy today. Hard rock was everywhere and the Hippie generation was born! Next, disco made its debut, and we danced the night away with big hair, flashing lights and disco balls. The Bee Gees and Donna Summer were overnight sensations! THEN, Michael Jackson went solo and everything changed. MTV music videos exploded with the debut of Michael’s album “Thriller”. It was EVERYWHERE. Michael Jackson, in my opinion, was a genius when it came to music. He wrote his own music and lyrics, sang them, choreographed and performed in his music videos and danced like no one before him. He did it all! His moves will probably be part of music for a long time to come. Whenever I think of him, the Don McLean song, “Vincent” comes to mind… “This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.” He was a kind and beautiful soul in a tough, cruel world and he left us far too soon. Fortunately, we will always have his memory and his music.

On August 31st, 1997, I received a phone call from one of my friends wanting to catch up during my visit from Houston. In that conversation, she asked if I had heard that Princess Diana died in a car crash. Her words burned into my mind’s permanent memory as my legs buckled on the stairway. The rest of our conversation was a blur. For me, Diana’s beautiful heart was even more radiant than her physical beauty. She married a man who loved another, and tried with all her might to keep their very public marriage together. It was not to be, and the world felt her pain when the marriage ended. Despite her departure from the Royal family, she continued her charity work and was probably more admired after the divorce than before. One of her passions was to rid the world of landmines and she did endless work on that front. I loved Diana, not for being a princess, but for carrying herself with grace and dignity through much gossip, negative press and public embarrassment. Despite it all, she became a woman of substance and made a real difference in the many lives she touched. Your determination to protect your children and your kindness will always hold a special place in my heart Diana.

Three other people whom I admire and love are Jesus, Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama, for obvious reasons. Wouldn’t the world be a fantastic place if we all lived like they did and still do? Selflessness would replace selfishness, love would replace hate and non-judgmental acceptance would replace prejudice..I'm still hoping!

How is it possible to love someone you have never known? I’m not sure, but isn’t it great that the human heart is capable of such a beautiful feat?!

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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

The world needs real heroes. Sadly, while we each have room for an unlimited number of heroes, too often we seem to focus on a few, and too often on some who are questionable heroes for failing to contribute more than they take while alive. We leave this life empty handed, it's what we leave behind that could and should become a lasting legacy.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

So wonderful going back into memory lane my friend. I was born in 62...sO, whatever you lived through...I did too. Music from the 80's were here with me on Christmas eve. And Steve Jobs was a man of tough decisions and guts. Princess Diana was a modern Princess that gained our love as well. I still remember her wedding day on July 29th 1981. We love people as we grow. We can look back and say, hey! We loved that person and we didn't even know. Same way with our own pets and our family. There is still hope in our Human race as long as we can still cry...meaning, we still can feel and care. Voted up! My friend

LORD


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Thanks for stopping by Perspycacious and lord de cross! As always, I really appreciate your remarks.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hi, picklesandrufus, this was a very sweet Hub. Yes, I think we can love those people we've never met. We love and admire them from afar. I voted this one UP, etc.etc.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thank you Mary.Just finished reading one of your hubs, actually! Appreciate your comments!


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Beautiful and heart-warming hub, Picklesandrufus, cool stage name too.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks so much SubRon 7! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Morning Picklesandrufus.

Here we are between the two frenzied periods of Christmas and the New Year.

It's nice to read something that comes from a warm heart as yours.

The thought would be nice to see, but alas humans and this earth where never made for peace although some people do strive to reach it.

Take careand have a nice ending to 2011.

LOL Ghaelach


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks for stopping by Ghaelach. You are probably right. I can't stop hoping for a better, kinder world though.Wishing you a great 2012!


kelleyward 4 years ago

I think we can love those we've never met because sometime we know more about them by reading about their life than we do about those we encounter daily. Thanks for your interesting hub.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

You are probably right Kelleyward. Maybe we should take more time to know those we encounter daily.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Wow that's what I call a great HUB. LOVE LOVE LOVE is the answer wasn't that a Beatles song? LOL Jesus Is definitely on top of my list as a role model. You are right. how can we love someone we never met? Well that is amazing about THE HUMAN HEART. The love we have it in.. Hopefully.. I voted up and beautiful and awesome.

Happy New Year.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Wow, thanks so much Deborah. So glad you enjoyed it!!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I loved this one and I have to vote it up up and awayyy without a doubt.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

How true your words when you say about Jesus, Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. Your story is beautiful indeed. I was born in the 80s, but then it was much different than the 80s of your part of the world.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks so much for your comments Eiddwen. Always appreciate you stopping by! Thanks for your comment Vinaya. Yes our worlds are different, but, like you , I think we all can relate to these figures. Thanks for checking out my hub!!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

January 4, 2012

Hi, picklesandrufus...I wanted to do some multi-tasking at this moment. Loved this hub. Very much. Very imaginative. Creative. Voted up and away. And two, leave you the following SINCERE apology for maybe offending you on the hub you commented on, "a Study of Rugs," and I would NEVER hurt you or any hubber or non-hubber with a story that was meant to be humourous and a poke at middle-aged guys trying to be young all over again.

Please read:

Dear picklesandrufus,

I apologize to you. I had no way of knowing about your problem, chemo, right? I am so sorry. If had known, do you think that I would have written this? No. This was, an overall-view of MEN who want to look young forever. And cant. Impress women. And shouldn't. Only a hub of humor. But to you, I sincerely apologize. I shall not venture to this area again.

Sincerely, Kenneth


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

I would say our love for fellow-hubbers falls in the same category as our love for the singers and actors and other famous personalities we don't know in real life.

Voted up, well-written and relevant.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks so much Martie. I would agree!! thanks for stopping by.


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DREAM ON 4 years ago

There are so many wonderful things you have expanded on in this very heart warming hub.I follow your words and your wonderful heart but I love your hidden thoughts that pull and tug at the people that have changed the world for the better.We all have our faults and made our mistakes but to selfishly give all that we have for a cause greater than our own is nothing short of breath taking for me.I find it hard to wake up and do what I find important.Multiply that by the thousands I know what they have given and sacrificed all their lives.I am just enjoying the moment where a song is played so wonderful that it hits home instantly.That is what your hub did for me.Thanx for sharing and making my day richier in many ways.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Wow Dream On, so glad my hub did your heart good. You have given me the most high compliment. Thank you.


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lovebuglena 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

Interesting hub. Filled with emotion too. Thanks so much for sharing. I enjoyed the read.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dear picklesandrufus . . .Amazing piece of writing here. I loved it. Voted up and all the way because YOU earned it. I am so glad that you and I met on HubPages. You are not only a God-gifted writer, but a good friend.

Bless you and your future works.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Really appreciate you stopping by Lovebuglena! Glad you enjoyed this hub.

Hi Kenneth, I so appreciate your comments and the vote up!! Glad we met as well. Your sense of humor is delightful and love reading your hubs.


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DREAM ON 4 years ago

As the year winds down and only a few months to go I think who today will leave their mark on the world.I come up blank.I need your help?Maybe all the election debates where promises are made and never kept have clouded my thinking.I am waiting to see more people in 2012 change the world so we can enjoy a better tomorrow.Maybe it's all the reality t.v. that scares me.The unimportant becomes important.Loved your hub.I just wanted to add to your list and I am still trying hard to come up with others who have done such great works and changed the world.I will start with Albert Einstein and that is back in 1879-1955.He was a big humanitarian who worked for peace and equal treatment for all people.His theories changed the world.In 1922 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for his work with the photoelectric effect.I wonder what things he would work on if he was alive today.Wonderful hub.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks so much Dream On. I agree about Albert Einstein. Love his perspective on life and his genius. As crazy as the world is, there are still many good people out there doing remarkable work. I love CNN's yearly tribute to Real Heros in our world. Take care.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Love is shared to those you know and to those you don't however you choose to love it can be worthwhile.


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Hi DDE,

I agree, respectful love is something that will never be a bad thing. Thank you for the comment.


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kenneth avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, picklesandrufus,

Very touching and very professional. I am honored to know you and enjoy your excellent works of writing. Keep up the excellent work.


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks so much Kenneth. Really appreciate your comment. I enjoy your writing very much as well.


Kenneth Avery 3 years ago

Hi, picklesandrufus,

You are very-much welcome. I truly love how you express your feelings in word.

You are a truly-gifted writer, picklesandrufus.

The only favor I ask of you is to keep it up.

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