I’m sure I’m behind a bit in reading this as much has been written about Randy Pausch and The Last Lecture. For those that haven’t heard about it, it is the book that was written by a professor at Carnegie Mellon University that was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Before he died he gave a “last lecture” that was a common practice for departing professors. Normally this was for retiring or transferring to another position, but Randy’s was indeed going to be his last lecture. He used it as his final statement, and they recorded it to someday show his three children, the oldest which was 5. This video was released on the internet and became a phenomenon. I highly encourage you to watch the video or read the book.
Randy tells the story of his life and shares stories from his childhood and the dreams he had for his life. He talked about how he was able to realize many of his dreams and encourages each of us to do the same. To live each day to the fullest. I guarantee his story will make you look at what is important in your life and to not take any day you have for granted.
It made me think about what my legacy will be and how much I want to be able to look at my life and see that I have made a difference in peoples lives, like Randy was able to do. He gave something back that his children, and people that knew him, will be able to look at and be proud of the man he was. That is what I hope for my life. It isn’t a goal to be famous, it is about my wife and my children being able to look at what I do in this world and being proud of what I accomplish. My ambitions are around wanting to make a positive difference in the lives of the people I interact with, to make the world a better place. What other purpose is there in life? What other purpose should there be?
How do you want to be remembered when you are gone?