Randy Pausch is dying. A professor at CMU in Pittsburgh is dying of pancreatic cancer. A cancer which usually get’s you pretty quickly. He’s 47, married and 3 little kids. He did a good-bye talk to the students & faculty of CMU about his life. A video made it to Youtube and he’s published a little book on his thoughts, it’s called “The Last Lecture”.

Short pithy chapters ending solidily with some life meaning. Things like “we cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand” or “if nobody says anything to you (when you’re screwing up) means they’ve given up on you” and my personal best “Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”

I’m not dying, but I drew some conclusions into my own life based upon Randy’s writings. The importance of maintaining prospective, trying to do the right thing and appreciating most the people who appreciate you.

It’s an easy read and feel good book from a less than feel good author whose stories, while sometimes obvious, we could all take a lesson from.