“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”

 If I get a chance to bargain Will ask the Almighty again;  ‘O God! If thy really could Give me back my childhood.

If I get a chance to bargain Will ask the Almighty again; ‘O God! If thy really could Give me back my childhood.

I was so moved when I saw the Last Lecture about “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” from Randy Pausch, 40 years old. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; he chose to focus on living rather than dying. As a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Randy was asked to deliver a ‘last lecture’—a well-known tradition on campus that allowed for professors to take a break from academia and share worldly wisdom with students as if, hypothetically, they were dying and had one last lecture left to give. The only difference in Randy’s case is that Randy really was dying, a fact that only motivated him more. He agreed to deliver his last lecture, ‘Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams’ on September 18, 2007 to a packed McConomy Auditorium.

This is the picture of Randy Pausch when he was a litte boy and the list of his childhood dreams...

This is the picture of Randy Pausch when he was a litte boy and the list of his childhood dreams...

Randy began by sharing several of his boyhood dreams—some which he had achieved and others he hadn’t. He describes the importance of having dreams and how you can still learn a lot by trying for your dreams even if you don’t always succeed. He shares the values he has learned through his experiences that he hopes to pass on to others: about the importance of overcoming obstacles,  of enabling the dreams of others… and seizing every moment we have (because ‘time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think’).

The Last Lecture by Professor Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture by Professor Randy Pausch

For the link of the video of this lecture you can click in this link below: http://www.labnol.org/home/randy-pausch-last-lecture-video-with-transcript/4211/

Randy Pausch passed away July 25, 2008, but he continues to motivate us all, encouraging us to never give up on our childhood dreams.

The Last Lecture from Randy Pausch is a kind of wake call for me to keep on going to seize every moment I still have to reach my fullest potential, especially following my passion working with the children to enable their childhood dreams come true for the better future.

This is the daily life of some Indonesian girl to achieve their childhood dreams. They believe that education is very important, therefore no matter what-everyday they have to go to school even there's no bridge to cross the river to go to the nearest school. May the Almighty bless your dreams, girls... and make it true someday!

Today I would like to say brief words and give my appreciation to my colleagues in Walden University, especially  when we all learn the Early Childhood Development in the program to pursue the Master of Science in Early Childhood Education.

I would like to thank each of you for our great time of discussion, sharing ideas and experiences, asking questions and then together tried to answer it. Above all, I really enjoyed every moment we inspired each other in many ways. Without our great mentor Dr. Terry Davis, everything seemed impossible.

This page is dedicated to my fellow educators

 Who will inspire every child in the world

to enable their childhood dreams to come true:

C l a r a   L a   P o r t e

C y n t h i a   L u n d i

T a m m i e   M a r i o n

M o n e s h i a   M u r r a y

S u s a n n a   O ‘ B r i e n

Each of us is the of the unique puzzle pieces: Evita-Clara-Suzana-Tammie-Cynthia-Moneshia. Thanks for the great friendship and team work!

We are like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. We are all unique, and have our own special place in the puzzle of the universe. Without each of us, the puzzle is incomplete. ”

Rod Williams  – Musician


Together, let’s make a better place

for our children to grow and to glow in this universe


From Muscat, Sultanate of Oman-Middle East

With Love

Evita Kartikasari


6 responses to ““Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”

  1. Evita,

    What a great post! You have been such a big piece of the puzzle as well. Without your experiences and stories to discuss, I would not have had the opportunity to see things that you have shared.
    “Teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.”
    Because of your experiences, you are able to become a better teacher. You will grow from your experiences and enrich the lives of young children.
    Best of luck to you in your studies.

    -Clara LaPorte

    • Dear Clara,

      Thanks for the great moment we share for this 8 weeks sharing and discussing many interesting topics in early childhood education.

      Thanks for enriching and always encouraging. Hope we’ll meet again in another course… or even meet in offline world… not only in online world like this! Hopefully one day!

      Warm regards From Muscat, Sultanate of Oman to Connecticut

      Evita Kartikasari

  2. Evita, I am so amazed and inspired by the words you share but more by the beautiful illustrations! I was in completely awe as I first took in the image of these little girls crossing the ropes to get to school. All I can say is that a picture is worth a million words. May God hear our prayers for these girls and all of his children. Thank you for sharing such a power message!

    I would also like to thank you for sharing in my overall learning experience. I appreciate the contributions and insightful knowledge you have shared with me.
    Best Wish & Regards,
    Susana O’Brien

    • Dear Suzy,

      Thanks for your great and wise experience that always you share to us all interestingly. Can’t wait to have more sharing about your world with the children around you there too!

      Warm regard from Middle East to Arizona!

      Evita Kartikasari

  3. Evita, I must say your blog is the best one bet. I love the quotes and I hope each one of us do make a difference in the children’s lives. You are so inquisitive and informative. Thank you!

  4. Thanks Cynthia, what a lovely appreciation to my blog… it really means a lot for me.

    I really enjoy being with you in this 8 week learning a new knowledge about child education. Hope we meet again in our learning path… keep going, never give up and reach our stars…

    Warm regards from Muscat

    Evita Kartikasari

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