For at least six months I’ve been driving past this billboard. Usually, they change the sign every month or so, but it is very noticeable when something that is expected to change – doesn’t.
I had heard of this professor in the news a few years ago. How he was diagnosed with cancer and had a very short time left. How he gave his “Last Lecture” at the college where he worked. Then I filed that piece of information in the back of my mind.
Last week I stopped over at Dewin’s blog to catch up on her postings. Imagine my eyes opening wide as I read her review of The Last Lecture written by Randy Pausch. Okay. With her recommendation I decided that this is a book that I had to read.
From the first pages the simple, straightforward honesty kept my interest and made it difficult to put the book down. Prof. Pausch details his life, in particular his childhood dreams and ambitions. But his message is how to encourage and enable your children (and others) to reach their dreams. His simple guidelines are so admirable.
He did not want sympathy, but only to tell the world about his happiness in life. By doing so, he gave us a “gift” of these guidelines that we can use to improve our lives and the lives of others.
When I looked inside the cover I saw how many times the book has been checked out of the library. It felt good to know that his message is still reaching so many people.