Thursday, April 10, 2008
Inspiration: The Last Lecture
One year ago this week (April 12th to be exact), my father was admitted to the hospital. He had internal bleeding and after extensive tests and examinations, they determined he had an early stage of pancreatic cancer. After two pancreaticoduodenectomy surgeries in ten days (also called a Whipple procedure), he wasn't strong enough to recover. Dad passed away on May 12, 2007.
A friend forwarded me this You Tube video of a lecture given by Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer. In his moving talk, "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.
This is truly inspiring to watch. It reminds me of all the great things I love about my father, family and life.
"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand..."
To anyone reading this that has sees life through a lens of skepticism, fear, anger, resentment at the past or feels that life dealt them the wrong cards...watch it. You'll figure out the "head fake".
To those people who are living their best life -- this will reaffirm what you already know!