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?!