Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 2:56:56 AM
My Favorite Book: “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch
reminded me of the ticking clock
I am young. When you are young, just starting high school, your grades, social life, and passions are the only things that really matter to you. Only the immediate future really matters. The Last Lecture, an autobiography by Randy Pausch, knocked me out of this reverie. Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon with a wife and three young children when he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. I have read and reread it; it is like a handbook for life, full of otherwise cheesy advice. While this book taught me a lot about dreams and persistence, the author’s death sentence and what he says about it reached past the text and hit home. It made me think beyond my world of school. It reminded me that death looms closer every day. It reminded me that time is finite and precious. It reminded me that I cannot waste time being angry about little frivolous things. To be frank, my dad and mom are getting old, and I have realized that it can happen any day, even if we do not get an extra warning like Randy Pausch did. This sudden revelation startled me and forced me to look at all of our daily interactions in a different light. Every day, every hug, every smile, and every word might be our last. My loved ones will be gone one day, no matter how much I cry or pray. Now, I take more care to fill every moment I have with my parents with love and happiness. My parents and I fight less and smile and laugh more. I appreciate my parents’ help and concerns, and I try to always thank them for everything they do for me. My little brother gets his way more of the time when it will not harm him, as one day he will have only my shoulder to cry on. This mindset has spilled into my actions outside of the house; I try to fill every second with happiness and be thankful for everything my friends, teachers, and coaches do for me. Because of this book, I have become a better daughter, sister, friend, student, and athlete. This book has made me remember that the clock is ticking, that one day, my parents will be gone, and I will be out on my own swimming in the ocean of life, armed only with my memories of love and joyous times.