“The Last Lecture”

I am not going to blog at midnight. I just – won’t. But sitting here doing the exact opposite thing of what you’re thinking, …yeah that’s what I’m doing right now.

To make this simple and straight, I went to QBD bookshop earlier today and I found one book that really inspires me today. It was titled, “The Last Lecture”, by Randy Pausch. I paused and I took the book, read the synopsis, and then I looked at the price. It was nearly $30 and there was no way that I’m going to buy that book. So I did what I do best, I read a couple of pages there and went home to google it later on.

“The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch did happen, because it was really his last lecture. Pausch died in July 2008, as a Computer Science Professor of Carnegie Mellon University. But no, he was more than that. He was an imagineer, a motivator, a father, a teacher: a person who lived a full life. He titled this lecture, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” I was so amazed by this lecture that I actually youtube-d it and watched the entire 1-hour++ lecture. Should I say that it was good? It was a lot better than that.

I went to Borders to look up for the book but there was no stock in store. So I did some online shopping (free delivery service, and the lady in Borders was really nice, she gave me a 10% discount for online shopping), and I am now expecting the book to arrive within 2-3 weeks time.

Somehow the book has a resemblance with the book “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom.

“A lot of professors give talks titled ‘The Last Lecture’. Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy? When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humour, inspiration, and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.”
– The Last Lecture synopsis


I haven’t read the book myself (remember, it is still going to be shipped from somewhere), but I guess the lecture is worth watching. Some of the videos below are also that good. In fact, they did make me cry (ah such a sentimental person…) But they were good. Someday your time will come, and mine’s too. And some people may think that they can cheat and beat the ‘grim ripper’. But when the time’s up, time’s up. In his lecture, he said something like, “It is not the bad things that we have done that we’ll regret. It’s the things that we haven’t done.” Which is true. My favourite line of his will be, “We do not beat the grim ripper by living longer. We beat them by living well. By living a full life.” And that’s just what we all need to hear.


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