Know It. Fight It. End It.

Steve Jobs

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My heart was heavy as soon as I got a text message last night saying Steve Jobs had passed away. I’ve never met Mr. Jobs but his work has influenced my life in so many ways. I am a Mac, most definitely.

I always thought of him as a modern day Willy Wonka because growing up I always thought that was the best kind of person you could be. I especially loved the AT&T commercial with ‘Pure Imagination’ as the theme.

“Come with me. And you’ll be in a world of pure imagination. Take a look. And you’ll see into your imagination. We’ll begin with a spin. Traveling in the world of my creation. What we’ll see will defy explanation.”

I love reading about things Steve Jobs has said, his speeches, his wonderful quotes. Things about living your life, not someone else’s or living as if you know you will die tomorrow so that you live to the fullest.

Steve Jobs ultimately died due to a long fight with pancreatic cancer. That of course makes me think of my own father and how lucky I am that his pancreatic cancer was found early and caught before it could spread. And since my Dad was first diagnosed I’ve changed my thought patterns and tried to live in a more positive and grateful space, every day. I’m not saying I’m always successful at doing it or that I don’t have bad days or doubt myself, but for the most part I am so happy to be alive and I am so happy to only pursue the things that I love.

Not everyone is as lucky as my Dad or even as lucky to live as long as Steve Jobs did with pancreatic cancer and that makes me want everyone to really think about giving in some way to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. In 2012 my husband is going to run a marathon and raise money for PanCan and I couldn’t be prouder or more happy to support him with his running and fundraising. Every little bit helps.

Regardless of what your cause is, take a moment today to thanks Steve Jobs for that iPhone/iPad/MacBook/iPod in your hands and then tell someone you love how much you love them today. And live like tomorrow might be your last.

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