I had fully anticipated that all I’d want to talk about today would be The Dark Knight, which I saw at the IMAX last night. Don’t get me wrong, it was fantastic, and you really should see it at the IMAX for the full massive screen effect. But then I thought, you don’t really need yet another post that’s all about how fab it was. Although I have a wink and a nod for in regards to that cameo, which made me grin.
But I wanted to post about something that touched me deeper than The Dark Knight, Randy Pausch, who past away last night. If you say Who? then I hear ya’, I hadn’t heard about him at all until a few hours ago, when I came across an article about him via and thus came across his Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. Yes, it’s 1 hour and 16 minutes long, but I do urge you to watch it. Here’s a man who has accomplished a lot in his short life, who is dying, and he’s talking about how wonderful his life has been, and how he’s going to have fun for every last minute of it. It’s about going for your dream, pushing against the brick wall and wanting to inspire other people. It’s humbling to watch, and also makes you (or actually, me) think: have I pushed hard enough for what I want? Can I still achieve what I have set out to do?
I looked back at my life in the past year and I am content with what I’ve achieved, how hard I’m working to change my life, to get what I really want, and watching this makes me feel like yes, it’s going to be worth it, not just for what I’ll achieve, but for all I’m learning as I’m going along. Not just coding, but about managing my time, personal motivation and giving it everything I’ve got.
RIP Professor Pausch – you’ve inspired yet another person today. And you made laugh while doing it.