A Dying Professor's Last Lecture On Life Beloved Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch recently discovered that he has incurable pancreatic cancer and has only a few short months to live.
This week, he addressed his students in a final farewell lecture, which he entitled "How To Live Your Dreams." The Wall Street Journal called it "the lecture of a oakley outlet online store lifetime" and it's undoubtedly one ok oakley sunglasses of the more inspiring and moving lectures I've ever heard in my life. I can't stop watching oakley goggles it and, every time I oakley m frame lenses do, I find myself with tears in my eyes. Even with death at his door, Randy Pausch remains one of the most life affirming people I've ever met. At the end of the lecture, he reveals that the life lessons he was discussing weren't for the audience but rather for his three children. As his oldest son's just five, he's focusing on making videos during his remaining days so that his younger kids will have something to remember their father. "I find that I am completely positive. The only times I cry are when I think about the kids and it's not so much the 'Gee, I'll miss seeing their first bicycle ride' type of stuff as it is a sense of unfulfilled duty that I will not be there to help raise them, and that I have left a very heavy burden for my wife." His wife and children, he said, "mean everything to me. They give a purpose to life and a depth of joy that no job can begin to provide. I hope they will remember me as a man who loved them, and did everything he could for them." Here's a video of excerpts from the lecture. I saw the video earlier this morning. It really something. Mr. Pausch story reminds me of one of the eulogies at my sister funeral. She was only 29 and in the days between her accident and her funeral so many people spoke about what a "waste" it was to die so young. And in a way, of course, it was. But her boss and friend, Fred, stood up and spoke of how full Joanne life was. Of how many people she touched and explained that there was nothing wasteful about her life. That to have known her at all was really a privilege. That you couldn use "waste" and "Joanne" in the same sentence and have it be a true sentence. Mr. Pausch life seems the same to me.
Sad that it will seemingly be short, but there is no waste to it. I wish I knew him. It would be a privilege.
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