This quote by Steve Jobs – to the graduating class at Stanford University in 2005 – seems so apt as I was struggling to think of what I should wish to do one day:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
Sure I could share my ‘bucket list’ of cool things I wish to do, but truly, I wish and hope that one day is today – and I am living that wish.
I don’t think that I have done this well throughout my whole life, but it is something I have strived for more consciously in recent years. I am not sure what I want to become – but I live a pretty full and fun life. I am not much younger than Steve Jobs, and although I do hope to have several decades ahead, I want to live each day as though it is one day.
I want to laugh ’til I cry with friends, I want to take care of our great earth, I want to have a positive impact on those who are part of my life.
I loved Steve Jobs story about the calligraphy class that he dropped in on – because he had dropped out of college and he could then drop in on the classes that really interested him. It was this class that taught him about fine typography and helped him to bring fine type to the personal computer – because he loved it.
I am a calligrapher, and some times I am afraid to share this because I am afraid I am not good enough. I have realized in recent years that this inner critic will never have a one day and one day needs to be today. Today I helped a friends daughter make a book to take on vacation – and she will use this for part of her school work. We added some different papers to the blank book, and I shared some of my journaling pages using colored pencils and playing with my writing. I sent her off and told her I hope she has fun with the book – telling her stories. On Saturday I will calligraph certificates at an artists reception for the Salida Artworks Valley Visions show. This sharing is a place of vulnerability, and it part of my one day.
What is your wish for one day? Can you live it today and every day?
RIP Steve Jobs. Thank you for sharing what you loved with the world!