My first experience with a computer at all, was with an Apple IIe, for you youngsters who don’t actually remember the 80s, those came around before the Macintosh. I had seen computers on TV. I’d heard about them from friends who had computers, but the first time I touched a keyboard, I touched an Apple product. I was 11 years old. That moment, when I sat down in front of a computer for the first time and realized that I could pull things out of my mind and make them reality with this piece of equipment, changed my life forever. I was constantly thinking, “Why would you do that on pencil and paper? Couldn’t a computer do that for you?” I wasn’t the only one thinking that way. Slowly, but steadily, this sort of thinking brought us to where we are today. Apple’s computers for education program changed the world, one kid at a time.
I didn’t touch my first Mac until 2008 and the rest is history. Today, I use my Mac to write novels, short stories and yes, even this blog post. I also use it to create digital graphics that I don’t bother to share with anyone, because my idea of design is so old school that it’s not funny, but I enjoy it and since I can’t draw well, my Mac enables me to express my artistic side in a way that I could not do without a computer. I use my Mac to organize my daily life. I use it to do the business of living, so that when I sit down at the end of the day, I can feel confident about walking away from my machine, and get on with the fun part of my life, spending it with the people I love, instead of arguing with making my tools work for me.
Thanks Apple, for creating my Macbook Air and thanks for changing the world.