The Last Lecture

If you had only six months to live, what would you do? How would you live your life? Some questions these. They will help you put in perspective the things you are doing now and how much they really matter to you? The relations you share, the importance you give to people will become atleast a bit  clearer.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture”(link) will definitely stand out as one of the most inspiring lectures to have ever been delivered. It is a rather unusual classroom lecture, with the powerpoint presentations and all. The video became viral and thousands have written on how it inspired them.

“The brick walls are there for a reason,” he said during his lecture. “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.”

He passed away today, inspiring many on the way to lead complete lives with priorities set right. Here’s praying for his soul to rest in peace.


7 thoughts on “The Last Lecture

  1. abhijit says:

    Retrospecting about the way we lead our life, yaar, its a painstaking job. We could sure try to live a more purposeful life, but there are chances that u might turn out to be a schizophrenic. ( I mean, I may turn out to be one then). Anyways a nice lecture to question all our lives and deeds.

  2. abhijit says:

    Ofcourse there is a reason for the brick walls. But how could we sense an opportunity for wanting something beyond the brick walls and truly lead a complete life???
    bobby, this is a serious question i’m posing to u as i’m desperately in the need of finding answers or …..lets put it this way, “what is a complete life?” and finding the purpose and reason to lead such meaningful life.

  3. pranith says:


    That is quite a proverbial question whose answer eludes a lot of people including me 😦 Let us discuss about this at an appropriate place and time. 🙂

  4. hasa says:

    A Life with hopes, dreams with a tinge of practicality… and putting our every little effort to make them come true. above all.. keeping oneself and the people around happy. This may not be so simple as said, but this kind of life for me is complete.. I had many times though of this before i sleep in the night, what if tomorrow is my last day.. wht if i m given 10 days time to live on this earth.. I have come up with many interesting ideas which sometimes inspire me to do a lot of things, which people around me may think crazy or lunatic. You people can understand this better :).

  5. pranith says:

    Hello Hasa,
    Thanks for the comment.
    I do agree with you on keeping oneself happy, but not so much on keeping others happy. It should just be a secondary effect but not a primary motive. Dont u think so?

  6. hasa says:

    keeping others happy is the result of a small responsibility that we have as humans that we should not hurt others, we should not be a cause of others misery. 🙂 Even if one does it unintentionally, there will be a point of realization. I realised it 🙂 so would anyone..

  7. pranith says:

    keeping oneself happy in now way implies hurting others. If the situation so happens that keeping yourself happy hurts others, then the decision highly depends on the context of the situation.

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