So, obviously we’ve all heard the sad news about Steve Jobs passing. I’m not going to dwell on his death, because, honestly, I’m a little “tired” of hearing about it myself. Don’t get me wrong. The man was an amazing inventor, a genius, and he was incredibly wise. I’m typing this post on a macbook pro. My ipod only a few feet away, my G4 in the other room (No, I do not have an iphone…I’m a Droid girl) But, enough is enough with the chain e-mails, and constant facebook posts and tweets.
The point of this blog has a bit to do with one of those facebook posts making it’s way around the interwebs.
At first I read it and thought “Heck yeah!!! Us adopted people are flipping awesome!” But then I thought more about the words, and It struck me that it almost implies that kids born out of wedlock, and then adopted are somehow less likely to change the world. Like, “Wow, he had this horrible life, yet look at how he turned it around!” I’m not sure where that feeling stems from. Adopted kids, specifically those adopted at birth like Steve Jobs was, are not “damaged goods” We’re just like everyone else. Sure, our first day of life in the outside word may have been filled with loss, But we were adopted into loving families who wanted us more than anything in the world.
Some examples of adopted kids who ended up doing something impressive with their lives: Country singer Faith Hill, singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan, Olympian Scott Hamilton, founder of Wendy’s Dave Thomas, former President of the United States Gerald Ford, singer/songwriter John Lennon (adopted by family members),writer Truman Capote (adopted by family members) TV personality Art Linkletter, inventor George Washington Carver (Raised by the man who owned his parents as slaves), Comedian Jeff Dunham, football player Daunte Culpepper, actress Marilyn Monroe (raised in the foster care system), hall of fame baseball player Babe Ruth (grew up in an orphanage)
Steve Jobs is not the first adoptee to “Change the world” or have an impact on society, and he certainly wont be the last.
Rest in Peace Mr. Jobs, thanks for everything you created, and thank you to your parents for adopting you, and raising you to be awesome.