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.


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