photo-20If I’m not as depressed as you think I should be, I’m sorry to disappoint you. I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day I have left because there’s no other way to play it.  Never underestimate the importance of having fun.  After all, we cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.

– Randy Pausch

Yesterday I mentioned professor Randy Pausch’s book The Last Lecture but I forgot to mention the actual lecture titled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” It was a YouTube phenomenon so you probably remember it.  I also did a little research and discovered he was the Pittsburger of the year in 2008.  And, I read that he and his wife intended to send their son to school to Shady Side Academy (remember yesterday’s story about being lost in the parking lot at Shady Side Academy!)   Their plans changed after his diagnosis and they moved to be closer to Randy’s wife’s family.

More of Randy’s wisdom as summarized in the article I read about his honor as Pittsburger of the Year.

1. Be honest.
2. Be a team player.
3. Dream big.
4. Don’t complain. Work harder.
5. Never give up.
6. Be a communitarian.
7. Learn to apologize.
8. Show gratitude.
9. Never lose your sense of childhood wonder.
10. Choose to be like cheerful Tigger not like
gloomy Eeyore of Winnie the Pooh fame.

His philosophy was simple:  “Under the worst situation, you can laugh, love and live.”

After the Randy research, we discovered this treasure.

I was sold on the heavenly shakes.

Farewell Pittsburgh.

A link in case you are interested in reading more:  Randy Pausch: 2008 Pittsburgher of the Year – Pittsburgh Magazine