From Reality, To Fiction

Everyone’s Reality is Someone else’s fiction.
Who would have thought that, not even a graduate, but a college dropout, the founder of the world’s most eyed product, Steve Jobs, a man who beautified technology, with an unimaginably astonishing life story. Put over adoption by his young mother after birth, being adopted by the Jobs, on a condition to be provided with good education, at least a graduate degree, it seemed his fate wasn’t obeying to what was a promise between his biological mother and foster parents.

He left college half way through, collected empty coke bottles to earn some pennies, ate at Hare Krishna temple to have a palate satisfying meal, and adopted Buddhism as his religion. All this was his ‘reality’. However harsh all this may sound or be, this was the beginning of his good luck and end of his miserable fate.

As if this was not enough to accentuate empiricism in his life, when he was fired from Apple, the company he started in a Garage, all by his sweat and blood. Luck is imperishable, which got proved, when Apple Inc. had to buy his company NEXT, and Jobs re-stepped into his kingdom of dreams, a dream come true indeed!

It was then when he turned out to be an exceptional designer, CEO, and leaving college mid way proved to be a boon for his life, including the calligraphy he had learnt, which he used in designing Apple products. The God of technology was at the peak of popularity in his lifetime when he launched the first i-pad and i-pod, and overnight Apple even overtook Microsoft in the list of top companies of the world. Poor Bill Gates had to manage quite a lot of relations with Steve, of a friend, rival, and colleague.

But even the Gods’ don’t have the ultimate power they say, it’s all written somewhere. His fate returned to him from the past, in 2004 when Jobs was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, and his countdown begun. His health deteriorated rapidly but the strong spirited man kept pouring out his creativity. Jobs passed away at the age of 56, leaving the whole world, wonderstruck, as to what shall be technology and Apple like, without the Creator. He was compared to Edison, Einstein, and every possible historic inventor. He was indeed the Einstein of the 21st Century.

Staying Hungry and Staying Foolish is today’s and Job’s reality. But what was Job’s Reality might sound like a fable to the future generations, like the historic lives of famous people sounds like fiction to us. What we did not see, did not experience, howsoever real, will be somewhat similar to fiction for us, with imageries and hypothesis to the human mind. What happened to Jobs is the story of a few majestic lives, where the men are masters of their fate. Eventually people in the future or a few of them even today might not believe truly in how he toiled himself and emerged victorious in life.

Practicality is still open to interpretation and varied beliefs. Someone else’s practical life cannot really be feasible for another. Reality doesn’t take time to turn into fiction for millions of people. Or what might become obsolete with time, is perceived to be fictitious. Though Steve Jobs shall fetch spaces in the literary archives of the world in golden ink, but may be fifty years down the line, when students might learn about him, all his reality will appear to be fiction for to them, leaving them bewildered.

Today when he rests in peace, even his reality, which might be tomorrow’s fiction, is worth winning accolades and seeking inspiration. When we live in the Shakespearean world of literature, out of which his plays and work which are purely fictitious in nature, and despite that, influence us deeply, Job’s real life is a better and more exceptional source of inspiration for mankind to live while you know you’re dying and make a difference in the universe.

“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. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
-Steve Jobs

Shefali Saxena