The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
If you saw Randy Pausch out in public on any given day, you wouldn’t think twice about him being any different then you. That’s fine by him. Pausch is a man dying of pancreatic cancer, with a few months to live. He has a wife of eight years, Jai, and three young kids: Dylan age six, Logan age three, and Chloe age one and a half. This story is an incredible story, written by Pausch himself, of his plan to leave his legacy to his kids, so that they can remember him for who he truly was.
The book begins with details about Pausch’s life, his history, and his family. He talks about the last lecture he gave at Carnegie Mellon, which was taped so that his kids could one day see him for who he was. He carries on talking about his childhood dreams, transferring through his life, and eventually talks about how he found happiness, and how others should live their life to fully achieve that personal happiness. One moment that specifically sticks out is when he pours soda into the backseat of his brand new convertible. “While my sister was outlining the rules, I slowly and deliberately opened a can of soda, turned it over, and poured it on the cloth seats in the back of the convertible. My message: People are more important then things” (Pausch 69-70). This is just one of the many lessons that Pausch teaches to others.
Throughout the book, there are many small lessons that Pausch will teach about life, and why one shouldn’t waste it. I can easily say that this is one of the best books I have ever read, and it truly spoke to me, and forced me to think about ideas and qualities of life. I would suggest this book to anyone who is looking for a quick, easy read that still has meaning.