Having spent years in the “Corporate” world, it was a tough decision to leave the (supposed) security of that behind and to pursue the dream – of having my own business and doing something that I enjoyed passionately … wedding and portrait photography. But in retrospect it was definitely the right decision to make – even though we’re now in tough times with talk of a double-dip recession it’s great when you have the freedom to pursue that dream and live life to the full.
I wrote about this last year just after Steve Jobs stood down as the CEO of Apple due to health issues and before his untimely death. This is an extract from a speech he gave to the students of Stanford University in 2005 – in which he reminds us all that no matter how young you are, one day you’ll be old and consigned to history – regardless of whether you were rich and famous, or poor and unknown it’s one of those speeches that brings home the fact that we’re all mortal.
“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.”