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.
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’).
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.
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
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