So, first off, I am procrastinating on writing a paper for a class. Bad me.
Second of all, I let Ave watch The Walking Dead with me tonight. The thing is, she doesn't get scared by stuff like that. I mean, I was like 12 when I saw Nightmare on Elm Street and my friend and I stayed up til daylight because we were too scared to sleep. Ave got really sad and teary-eyed, though, when the zombies ate the horse and then she was all mad at the main character dude for letting the horse get eaten. Then we tried to look up the horse on the internet because I think he must be a famous actor-horse, you know, and hey, maybe he's been in some other flicks where he didn't get eaten. I'm pretty sure I saw him in True Grit(the new version) so he's probably rolling in the oats and all- though I think I wouldn't let Ave see that movie just yet.
Anyhow, it was just funny with all the brains and blood and gore, the thing Ave got upset about was that the guy let the zombies eat the horse. It's not like there wasn't massive foreshadowing there or anything, either, geez.
Anyhow, back to this paper I'm writing and all. It finally hit me how different the ideas of practicing medicine and public health actually are. I won't expound because it will be fearfully boring but let's just say I fall on the public health side of things.
And, of course, as I waited for Ave at Barnes & Noble while she had chorus rehearsal, the news of the death of Steve Jobs was on every cover of every magazine. It is an interesting thing. Never met the guy personally but he has, of course, had a profound impact on my life. I won't throw down on either side of the 'was Jobs too Great to be Good' argument since I like to judge people personally and unfortunately I will never have that chance. I will agree with the idea that people with high ideals and high standards can be difficult to be around. He did get several great gifts. One was that even though he died so young, look at what he was able to accomplish and what he set in motion. Another is that he knew that he was going to die in a very material way that most people don't grasp and what an opportunity! What a gift! The thing is, we can all have it, too, if we are willing to open our eyes to it and force ourselves to deal with it. I think most people don't because they don't have to and it is just easier not to and alot of us, myself included, transfer it to others- kids, friends, spouses, lovers, whatever. I think when you really get down to the business of the fact that these bodies here are just loaners and quite fragile at that, I like what Mr. Jobs had to say at Stanford's 2005 commencement address: "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.
Soon is just a relative term. I don't know, maybe the guy was a tool in person, maybe he was fantastic- either way, I think he did make a ding in our universe. So here's to him for at least making a difference.
And now, back to my paper....?