Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture
Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
“If you had one last lecture to give, what would it be?”
This whole video was so inspiring to me. I actually felt like I knew him. I love how he talked about his life, his family, and I like that he was open about his cancer. I love him enthusiasm about his dreams and the things he wanted to accomplish throughout his life. He quoted that “experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” To me, this is completely true. It seems like growing up, Dr. Pausch really went through and learned a lot. It seems like he was a driven, dedicated man, and I love that he was determined to accomplish all of his childhood dreams.
When he was talking about the days where he wanted to be an NFL football player, he said that you learn a lot more than you anticipate. Like he explained, you do not just learn the stances and the plays, you also learn more important things like teamwork, sportsmanship and cooperation. All of these, Dr. Pausch says, are more important than the game.
Dr. Pausch achieved pretty much all of his childhood goals. Whether it involved Disney, stuffed animals, Captain Kirk, or floating in zero gravity. He always found a way around the odds, regardless of what people thought, and I admire that!
“Brick walls are there for a reason. They are there to show us how badly we want something. The brick walls stop the people who don’t want it as much as you do” This was probably my favorite quote that Dr. Pausch said in his last lecture. I completely agree. I think that if you are strong enough to break down or cross over the wall, there will be so many people that you surpass because they are not driven enough to make it through. I think that it is this outlook on life and this state of mind that made Dr. Pausch as successful as he was.
This video really tugged at my heart. It seems like he was a genuine, educated man who has a strong heart and a strong mind. His lecture goes to show you that you can always achieve your dreams; all you have to do it try and try and try again. You may not always achieve it the first time, but don’t let it stop you. If you put your mind to it, as Dr. Pausch says, "anything is possible!"