Have you heard of Randy Pausch? He was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He is 47 years old and has been diagnosed with cancer. Back in August, he was given 3 to 6 months to live.
Carnegie Mellon had him do a final lecture, part of a series actually that they used to do called The Last Lecture. I'm ad libbing here, but basically the idea was, if a Professor could give a final lecture, what would it be based on? What words of wisdom would you choose to pass along to your audience? Well, Randy Pausch did just that. You can watch it on youtube. The first time I had heard of him, he did a condensed version of the lecture on Oprah. The book is available today.
I'm just sitting here thinking about how hard it would be to decide what those final bits of wisdom would be that you would want to leave behind if you knew you were dying. If you have time, look for his speech here. Or look here, he has a website with all sorts of information, including some information about an ABC special Wednesday, April 9th at 10 pm. God bless him, he is using his life I believe to try to teach us all a lesson on the importance of living.
Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life - Tuck Everlasting