Achieving your childhood dreams….

July 26, 2008 § Leave a comment

Randy Pausch passed away on July 25, 2008. He is survived by loving parents, a beautiful loving wife and three gorgeous young children.

This man was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and had only about six months left to live. However, before he and his family heard this diagnosis, he had been selected to give “The Last Lecture” at Carnegie Mellon University, that they have every year and was renamed “Journeys” before Professor Pausch was to speak.

When this man gave his speech, in light of his terminal illness, he did something that most people probably do not do. He took this chance to write about how he had achieved his childhood dreams and how others can do the same.

I saw him on Oprah and then I read through his book in the bookstore and I was crying because I was reminded how much one individual can truly influence other people’s lives. I cried because I thought of his wife who loved him so much and who he loved so much, and who he was leaving behind on this Earth. I cried for his three young children who would not be able to experience their father’s exuberant spirit, unfaltering determination, and true intelligence. I cried because for some reason, this man was chosen to pass away and be a conduit for so many of us still remaining on this Earth — to not only remind us but to quite possibly show us a way to happier, more fulfilling lives. And I cried because I know that nothing happens by accident and that everything does happen for a reason — and I hope that people will recognize that and remember that and carry his lessons with them throughout their lives.

Here is to not just Randy Pausch and the indelible mark he left upon this world, but to us and the indelible marks that we are leaving and we will continue to leave upon this Earth. Let us strive every day to live our best lives and be our best selves.

Remember that each moment, each day is truly a blessing…truly it is.


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