Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com
What can a caregiver learn from a commencement speech?
(Particularly when that speech was delivered by a technology icon to thousands of young adults, graduating from one of the world’s most celebrated institutions of higher education).
The obvious answer may seem to be “nothing.”
After all, the majority of caregivers are many years removed from their last graduation. Life has the unfortunate ability to dull the messages of hope and promise infused in commencement speeches. As time passes, life’s inevitable losses add up, and youthful optimism gives way under the daunting assault of reality.
But, the recent death of Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, has caused many to recall the powerful messages contained in his 2005 address to a group of Stanford graduates—messages which transcend age brackets and demographics, aiming at the essence of human existence.
Even people caring for an elderly loved one can benefit from being reminded of some of these lessons—even though they came from the mouth of a man barely old enough to join AARP.
In his address, Jobs discusses three main concepts of great import to recent college graduates; death, love and loss, and the connectedness of life.
Courtesy of Steve Jobs, A Caregiver’s Commencement Speech originally appeared on AgingCare.com