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steve jobs and me.

19 January 2011

this week, steve jobs, CEO of Apple, announced that he was taking a leave of absence from his job to focus on his health.  he left his announcement specifically vague, not detailing the exact reasons for his leave, nor when and if he would return.  he simply said that he loved the company so much and hoped he would return soon.

and, as it turns out, i am finding myself in a similar situation.

i don’t own a huge computer company and make millions.

i don’t have nor am recovering from pancreatic cancer.

i am nowhere near as famous or powerful as steve jobs.

but, nevertheless, this week, i have left a job that i respect and love very much to focus on my health.

a public forum such as this one is certainly no place to go into details of such matters, for obvious reasons; however, this does not mean the subject is taboo.  i am most certainly willing and able to discuss the complexity of the situation in a manner that involves actual human contact.  i am not a pariah; i am not suffering away on some deathbed; i did not leave my job in a blaze of burning bridges.  suffice it to say, i developed some health issues over the last few months that became more problematic and alarming (not terminal, or life-threatening, so as to not freak anyone out) enough that it became clear that there was something wrong that was getting worse despite many attempts at a remedy.  in order to figure out what that is, i had to step away from teaching, hopefully temporarily.

i do not know when i will return.

i do not know if i will return.

i do not know what’s next.

i do know that this was an incredibly difficult decision made as easy as it could be by my sainted husband, my family, the staff at my school and my wonderful colleagues who i miss already.

i do know that i am taking a mandatory vacation for the next several weeks.

i do know that i’ve joined an online book club, and eaten much chocolate in the last few days.

i do know the one who is in charge of my life, and trust him implicitly.

i am hopeful.

for me.

and steve jobs.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. 19 January 2011 10:15 am

    Sara, sorry to hear you need to put your career on hold, but I am glad you are able to take some time to allow your body to heal. I hope that whatever is going on with you will remedy itself soon and that the time off is just what you need.

  2. Ashlee permalink
    19 January 2011 11:03 am

    Love you, Sara. You are great and you have great things in your future. I don’t doubt you or your abilities at all. The road ahead is bright for you 🙂

  3. Dad permalink
    19 January 2011 3:49 pm

    brava, my sweet sara. well said. hope there’s a free afternoon in your vacation plan to go see a movie. with me, of course. i’ll bring the chocolates.

    • 20 January 2011 11:01 pm

      of course, dad! let’s pick a good one.

  4. Curtis permalink
    19 January 2011 6:00 pm

    I miss you too…

  5. 19 January 2011 6:38 pm

    aw, curtis. well said, sara. if steve jobs can do it, you certainly can too. make it great and embrace the uncertainty. anything is possible now! miss you there.

  6. Kelsey H. permalink
    28 January 2011 11:08 am

    Sara, I am really sorry to hear that your health is not doing well. And, while I read this, I immediately felt guilty because I have not kept in touch with you! I hope that you are feeling better. The next time I am in town I will get in touch with you to see if you can meet up for a bit. I miss talking to you! Take care.


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