Farewell Randy Pausch
July 30, 2008
“We don’t beat the reaper by living longer, but by living well, and living fully — for the reaper will come for all of us. The question is: what do we do between the time we’re born and the time he shows up.”
Apparently I’ve been working too much this week because it took me until yesterday to realize that Pausch lost his battle with cancer this past weekend (and I thought I had been following his story pretty closely). Like many, at least 5.5 million according to YouTube, I watched the “Last Lecture” video and read all the news reports. The speech is inspirational for sure, but I honestly still can’t watch or read anything about him without thinking about this family and their loss. While he seems to have helped so many, especially in his last months, I can only imagine the impact he has had on those closest to him.
I *hope* that I possess some small sliver of what we all admired in this man.