Earlier today I managed to find time to watch Randy Pausch's last lecture (Randy is sadly suffering from terminal cancer), entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”. I'll try not to give away too much, just incase you might want to see it, but it's certainly one of the most interesting, and moving, lectures I've ever had the pleasure of being able to watch.
Randy talks about the lessons he's learnt and gives advice on how to achieve your dreams, by recounting his experiences in life. I honestly found this upsetting, as I don't really remember what my childhood dreams were. I think at one point I wanted to be a super-hero, but what boy doesn't? Unfortunately as I'm not into cosplay, and I'm not an actor, I don't think this is entirely acheivable.
Maybe it's time to get some new dreams…
My thoughts go out to Randy's family, and I appreciate the time the Carnegie Mellon staff and Randy himself put into making this lecture publically available / possible. It's really made me consider things very carefully again.