Facing Death

Inspiration: Terminally Ill Professor Faces Death Without Fear

“If I don’t seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you.”

That was the opening line from Professor Randy Pausch’s final lecture to the student’s at Carnegie Mellon University. Despite suffering from pancreatic cancer and having only a few months to live, Paush is in the best shape of his life. He even dropped to the stage to do a set of push ups, challenging students to do the same before pitying him.

Refusing to discuss his illness, Paush spoke about fulfilling childhood dreams and the lessons he’s learned over the course of his life. He also said that he hopes his wife remarries. See here for the Post-Gazette coverage or watch the video embedded below. (image)

Update: Check out the full lecture videos on YouTube (thanks Marty). Very funny as well as inspiring.

11 Responses to Inspiration: Terminally Ill Professor Faces Death Without Fear

  1. Marty says:

    I can’t believe I’m the first person to comment but he seems very inpiring I need to see more.

  2. Phaedon says:

    I have nothing but admiration!

  3. Marty says:

    I have researched him a bit more if you put his name in you tube you can get the full lecture. I’m up to part 4 so far and it is very interesting. So far each part is just under 10 mins long but worth the watching.

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  5. Phoenix Rose says:

    I admire him for speaking about himself as I know the way of death and you must look back at your life and what you have done not forward and what you will loose. Life Not Death! Bless You!

  6. John Wesley says:


    Thanks for digging deeper. I’ll have to check out YouTube myself. Just from the brief clips in that video he seems like a great speaker.

  7. Marty says:

    He is, really funny aswell. Well worth the watch. Once I started I couldn’t stop watching.

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  11. Ask says:

    A friend is a kind of help. Rain the life on the road, friends can block wind chill for you, for you share sorrow, remove the pain and difficulties, friends will always friendship.
    He is you climb up the escalator when you were injured, is a medicine, is you when a bowl of water of hunger, is when you across the river is the boat; He is money can’t buy orders not to come of, only the truly can track, and the most valuable for the real thing.
    A friend is a kind of acacia, a friend is each other, each other about miss, mutual concerns, each other on. Missing is like a flow of endless river, like a gentle frivolous, like a cloud of a fragrant flowers, like a piece of lingering sound made by the wind.
    Sometimes he also is a kind of light memories, light tea, light resonance……
    Have the friendship, little a lot of worry, gloomy leaves, won’t fall on the earth, and float on the surface, to distant drift, friendship is the river is, is a kind of pure and fresh air, behind out in front……

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