The Last Lecture

Uncategorized / Monday, September 28th, 2015

Stop acting as if life is a rehersal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed’ – Wayne Dyer

The Last Lecture

A very good friend of mine bought me a gift, it was a small paperback book called ‘The Last Lecture’ lessons in living by Randy Pausch. I had not heard of this book but after reading it in just a day I am so glad that I discovered it. Even though it brought tears of sadness to my eyes, it is one of those inspirational books that makes you think.

The title refers to talks that professors give, where they are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. The author of the book Randy Pausch a computer science professor had to do just that when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given 6 months to live. Randy’s lecture was entitled ‘Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams’ and it was not about dying but about living, the importance of overcoming obstacles and of seizing every moment.

Have you ever stopped and wondered if you had only a short time to live, what would you do? What would you want to accomplish? Would you treat yourself and people differently?

Are you trying to figure out ways to live your life to the fullest? Many people go through life never really grasping it with both hands and missing out on what life has to offer.

We all know that we could do more exercise, watch less TV, and eat less junk food. We have all the done the classic, I’ll look for a new job tomorrow, join the gym next week, start the diet on Monday but day to day life gets in the way of change because there is no pressure or deadline so we carry on with the status quo regardless, even though the thought of changing those things is still there. Fear also plays a part, fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of the uncertainty that change can bring.

So what can you do to try and change the way you do things, think about things and experience things.

Randy said “The key question to keep asking is, are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have. ”

Here is my short list of ’10 Ways to Change Your Life’

  • Create a bucket list – death is inevitable but experience as much of the world as possible before it happens to you.
  • Goals, Goals, Goals -write them down by month, 6 months, a year etc the list will constantly evolve but by writing it down it will be more likely you will achieve them.
  • Moan, Moan, Moan – Don’t complain, if you are not happy with someone/something do something about it and change it.
  • Live mindfully – we all get into ruts and routines but with only a limited number of days don’t do it on auto pilot. Live in the moment, forget the past, the future is not yet here so enjoy the present
  • Declutter your life – Both of physical and mental clutter. Clear out your physical surroundings and see what you no longer need. Declutter your mind and create a healthier mental well-being, sort out things that are half finished and clear people from your life that bring nothing but negative energy.
  • Studying – I am the eternal student and love learning, whether informal or formal study, It can improve your job prospects, increase knowledge and bring a lot of personal satisfaction.
  • Smile and the whole world smiles with you – Something as simple as a smile or a compliment can make someone’s day and make them feel better, you never know but you may have been the only person they have connected with that day.
  • Journal – I am a big advocate of using a journal to write things down. It is a great way to see if you are achieving your goals, sticking to a plan and whether or not you are living the life you want.
  • Volunteer – It is one of the NHS 5 steps to well-being which is giving to others. Whether it’s volunteering for other people, the environment or at your child’s school. It has a great impact on our mental well-being, making you feel part of society and of giving something back.
  • Be Awesome – why settle for being average like many people do ‘I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome’

What wisdom would you impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance? If you vanished tomorrow what would be your legacy?

Quotes by Randy Pausch

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
– Randy Pausch The Last Lecture

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
― Randy Pausch The Last Lecture





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