Randy Pausch….

…is no more.

He died yesterday, at the age of 47, fighting terminal cancer.

What Randy has left behind is more important, at least for me. When Randy stepped on stage last year to give his “Last lecture”, he was getting ready to inspire millions, terminally ill or otherwise. What did Randy talk about in his last lecture? He talked about living for the moment, to the fullest. He talked about “brick walls”, about “taking help to realise your dreams”. And he also talked about “How the dreams will come to you”. You can look up Randy Pausch’s last lecture video on youtube (3 million downloads) here….but beware, its 1.16 hrs video, and, it needs some level of emotional strength to watch through it. If you cannot take the time out for the video, do take a look here for an excellent write-up. Also recommended is the book, that came out after the video.
Randy helped me kill some of my notions about life…not that I did not know about them, but to see a terminally ill person putting it across to you in clear,concise messages, perhaps, did the trick. He also taught me something more … he gave me a point of view that I need to pass on to Aarushi,very early in her life.
Pass on the hope & the optimism by spreading Randy’s message.
I have got my leave.
Bid me farewell, my brothers!
I bow to you all and take my departure.
Here I give back the keys of my door
and I give up all claims to my house.
I only ask for last kind words from you.
We were neighbors for long, but I received more than I could give.
Now the day has dawned
and the lamp that lit my dark corner is out.
A summons has come
and I am ready for my journey.
Tagore
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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ruchika on July 26, 2008 at 17:07

    my god!!! sounds like a guy after my own heart… thanks so much for sharing this. sometimes we all need reminders of whats really important in life – ENJOYING LIFE!!

    Reply

  2. Posted by Sudham on July 27, 2008 at 06:28

    echo your thoughts…ps: your tagore trip is inspiring me to buy my own copy

    Reply

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