Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.
I’ve often wondered if I knew I was dying, how would my life be different. Would I do more that really matters, say what I really feel, and cherish what is most important to me? I hope. But why wait until we know we are dying? We’re all going to die. So, why not live like it? Love your spouse, kids, family, and friends. Tell them and show them! Love life and what you can get out of it. Learn from those who are older and wiser. Give or do something for someone who can never repay you. And whatever you do, do it today.
“What do you know about tomorrow? How can you be so sure about your life? It is nothing more than mist that appears for only a little while before it disappears.” – James 4:14