Who is Steve Jobs?

When I was approached about blogging about Steve Jobs’ death, I had to admit, I didn’t know who he was! Although I was sad to hear about his death, I didn’t know anything about him. What was his career? What impact did he make during his life? How did his death affect people? I even had to go on Wikipedia to figure out who he was. After finding out who he was, I felt guilty. Because it turns out, Steve Jobs had a big impact on my life that I didn’t even know about.

It’s funny how sometimes we take things for granted. We grow up watching Disney and Pixar animated movies, but we forget the directors, scriptwriters and technology behind the movie making.
Steve Jobs was widely known for his role as CEO of Apple, which has come out with products such as the iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad, which have completely changed the way teens interact with and absorb the world. We constantly listen to music, text and call friends and family with these tools.

But I also found out that Steve Jobs co-founded and was the chief executive of Pixar, which revolutionized computer animation and produced Disney films such as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Cars. Steve Jobs was the executive producer of Toy Story, which was the first ever completely computer animated film.

I especially liked the message in Finding Nemo. Nemo, a young fish, has an underdeveloped fin, which causes Marlin, Nemo’s father, to constantly worried about Nemo and want to protect him from the dangers of the sea, especially after losing his wife and Nemo’s siblings. But Nemo wants to explore everything in the sea, and finally persuades his dad to allow him to go to school. Nemo, in a rebellious burst of action, is caught by humans! Marlin then journeys on the quest to find Nemo, along with an overly optimistic fish named Dory.

In a similar way, sometimes I think that I’m prepared for the world and that I can do anything by myself. Because of that, I try to push my parents out of my life, which makes them more worried. Finding Nemo helped me realize that my parents are only trying to do what’s right and they want me to be prepared for the future and all the obstacles that will stand in my way.

Perhaps, like Marlin, they had something happen to them, and they want to prevent that from happening to me. When I make mistakes, they are always there to tell me that it will be all right, to support me and to cheer me on. The thing I didn’t realize is that my parents truly care for me.

Take, for example, the time when I first went to preschool. The only thing I remember is how nervous I was. But my parents were worried too! Digging deeper into the story of Finding Nemo really made me take on a new perspective about my own feelings about parents and why they seem to try and meddle in my life so much.

And before writing this blog, I had no idea that Steve Jobs is partly responsible for my new understanding of my parents. In the same way I take my parents for granted, I took Steve Jobs for granted. People like Steve Jobs, who change the world, also change us in ways we don’t even see.

-Vang Thao, Community of Peace Academy

Vang Thao