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A week ago today Randy Pausch lost his battle with cancer. Perhaps you have heard of him or have seen his YouTube video of his "Last Lecture" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo

Maybe you have seen his book of the same name or caught parts of his lecture on Time Management on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTugjssqOT0

This young, 47 year old college professor of computer science was recognized in his field as a pioneer of virtual reality research, but what he wanted most was to leave his children with a sense of who was as a person and what he valued in his life.

You see, he ran out of time.

Randy was afraid his three young children would not recall the moments and memories they shared as a family with his wife because the oldest is just starting school.

Professors at Carnegie Mellon University where he taught are asked to give a hypothetical "Last Lecture" where they can talk about what matters most to them. Even though Randy had just relocated his family to Virginia so his wife could be near her family after his death, he felt an urgency to return to Carnegie Mellon and give his real "Last Lecture".

If you haven't had a chance to see it, block out some time (there it is again—that elusive thing called time), and watch Randy's animated, uplifting lecture about what his childhood dreams had taught him about life.

This is not a morbid show or a pity party. In fact, at one part he drops to the floor and does push-ups to show what great physical shape he is in. Dr. Pausch also shows the CT images of the tumors on his liver, what he refers to as "the elephant in the room".

We all think we have so much time.

All the time in the world.

To achieve our childhood dreams.
To get our act together.
To tidy up all our loose ends.

Randy Pausch's last lecture that he has left for his children is a great kick in the pants for all of us to realize we don't get to pick our timetable.

So what's on your childhood dreams list?

Let me know at .

Until next time…
Making Your Space a Special Place



posted on: 8/1/2008 12:30:00 PM by Sue Crum
category: Special Populations

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Organizing for Boomers

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Sue Crum knows and understands the life of a Baby Boomer all too well. Having served as the filling of an Oreo cookie for many years, she has reinvented herself in San Diego as the owner of The R.E.D. Team, Reinventing Everyday Designs, doing professional organizing, real estate staging, and interior redesign.

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