With all due respect to Steve Jobs’ family members and Jobs himself, I would like to touch on his reported last words just before he passed away.
It doesn’t suprise me that a man who had generated (and still does) so many ‘wow’ moments and experiences in people’s lives through Apple products, terminated his earthly life with the following words after looking at his family or rather gazing past them: “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.”
There has been a debate concerning whether those words sum up his life or ‘just’ showed his feelings towards his loved ones who were sitting around him. Maybe it even provides us a small insight into what’s really on the other side. That last possibility wouldn’t be surprising either, because people having had near-death experiences describe similar feelings. One of such a near-death experience was attributed to Thomas Edison, as The Wall Street Journal reports:
[Before his death,] Edison emerged from a coma, opened his eyes, looked upwards and said ‘It is very beautiful over there.’ […] Which may be another way of saying ‘Oh wow.'”
“If this is death, it is easier than life.” Robert Louis Stevenson
“This is the last of earth! I am content.” John Quincy Adams
“I shall hear in heaven.” Beethoven
“Light, light, the world needs more light.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Ram, Ram, Ram (God, God, God).” Mahatma Gandhi
Whether you believe that our soul or consciousness will continue to grow and expand after our lives in this material world or not, I guess everyone would like to face those last moments here in a state of awe.
Jobs learnt throughout his life to appreciate the beauty of simplicity and to wow himself and amaze others with what he did.
Maybe it’s time for us to start doing the same for ourselves and for those around us.
I really hope that the mission of this website will be accomplished and touch many people and enable them to see this world and the people in it with different eyes, learning to see awesomeness everywhere.