Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Last lecture

Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, was a person who not only believed in his own dreams but also inspired many students to have a dream and a vision of their own. Unfortunately with the cruel fate of life, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and with minimum days to survive, he believed he wanted to let go of his and his family's agony for one moment and wanted to deliver his last lecture in front of his college audience. He decided that the title of his last lecture would be "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams". On September 18, 2007 he stepped in front of his audience and gave a stunning lecture with such fascination and humor, which later became a popular video on the Internet. And on July 25, 2008 he passed away losing his battle to his disease saddening every one around him but inspiring many to fight against the disease.

I happen to watch his last lecture lately and I felt his high level of courage despite his life in jeopardy. I am not sure how many people would be willing to throw their agony given this kind of situation and come out with the courage to fight against fate. People like Randy are going to be very rare ones. I also read his book "The last lecture" based on his speech. Here is a man who's literally dying and he plans meticulously for himself, for his wife and for their three children. As in his last lecture and in his book, he explains about his parents who showed the path to dream and make it happen in real life. He had an exceptionally wonderful parents who believed in his ability and molded him into a right person. He explains how he dreamed of big things as a kid and how he fulfilled one after another when he grew older. He was blessed with a wonderful family and he made sure his kids will get to know about their dad through this last lecture in future. His last lecture is going to be an admiring, inspiring, super positive and emotional lecture of the modern time. It reminds me of a popular saying, "Love as if you want to be loved by someone and live as if you are going to die tomorrow."

If you haven't heard about him, may be you should get to know who he was. You will be pleased for that. I always believe that there is something you could learn from every single person you encounter with. I am sure with Mr. Randy you will realize the importance of dreaming big. His courage, energy, positive attitude and passion to thrive will boost your morality.

Would love to quote few words from his last lecture:

"A Parent's job is to encourage kids to develop a joy for life and a great urge to follow their own dreams. The best we can do is to help them develop a personal set of tools for the task."

And for his own kids he continues "And given that I won't be there, I want to make this clear : Kids, don't try to figure out what I wanted you to become. I want you to become what 'you' want to become."

Though he is no more today, I am pretty sure his legacy will continue to inspire us forever. May his soul rest in peace.

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