Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Maybe This Should Be My Motto

So you guys have heard about Randy Pausch, right? He's the Carnegie Mellon professor and father of three small children who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and only given a short time to live. He was asked to give a "last lecture", which you can watch at the above link, and I guarantee you there is no way you won't shed a tear and be touched.

Something he said really spoke to me, and I hope that I can raise my children like this:

As a professor, I’ve seen how disruptive it can be for parents to have specific dreams for their children. My job is to help my kids foster a joy for life and develop the tools to fulfill their own wishes. My wishes for them are very exact and, given that I won’t be there, I want to be clear: Kids, don’t try to figure out what I wanted you to become. I want you to become what you want to become. And I want you to feel as if I am there with you, whatever path you choose.

Parade Magazine, April 6 2008, page 7


Anonymous said...

They did a show on him last wk... 20/20 or Primetime or one of those... and I cried almost the entire hour. He is so inspiring, his wife is so strong.... I have that lecture in my inbox and I'm going to watch it... and maybe read his book. Thanks for sharing, Sasha!

JN said...

I saw this segment on dateline on him and loved it..he def. puts things in perspective

Kate said...

A friend sent me the "last lecture" a few weeks ago - so inspiring!

Beach Bum said...

Saw him on Oprah and then read about him in Time. He is amazing....He's living the good life.