Last night, ABC aired a special on Randy Pausch and his “Last Lecture.” I had seen him before on Oprah and found his message inspirational. I just had to watch it again.
Here is the backstory.
Randy Pausch is a popular professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and he is dying. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was given a few months to live. Despite undergoing surgery, chemo and radition, the cancer has returned.
In September 2007, Randy gave a final lecture to his students that has become an internet sensation. There is an academic tradition called the “Last Lecture.”
“Hypothetically, if you knew you were going to die and you had one last lecture, what would you say to your students?” Randy says. “Well, for me, there’s an elephant in the room. And the elephant in the room, for me, it wasn’t hypothetical.”
The most amazing part of the lecture for me is the ending. This is where Randy reveals the true intention of his lecture, a real tear jerking moment. His words were really intended for his three small children.
The strength of Randy and his wife is amazing. Their outlook on the situation is more optimistic than I know I could ever be. In Randy’s speech, he says that everyone is either a Tigger or an Eeyore. I must admit at this point I would probably be an Eeyore. I hope that one day I could possibly be a Tigger.
The one philosophy that I took from this lecture and hope to apply to my life would be to live your life. Don’t wait around for a life sentence for you to get up and get going.
I suggest that everyone who is reading this blog (if anyone actually does) watches this lecture. What have you got to lose? Start living your life today!