A fellow nerd and one who inexplicably changed lives everywhere with a little well placed innovation, dreambuilding and creativity. The world feels a little less exciting knowing that he’s gone. But he shared this thought with some Standford graduates some years ago that turned my thoughts about death on its ear:
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”
“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 others’ 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.”
And as he was a proponent of change and progression… this had to happen.
Out with the old… in with… whatever is next.