Randy Pausch, Hope You Are Looking Down On The World And Smiling At The Positive Impact You Made

Dear Randy, as weird as this may sound coming from a grown man (me), who appears at the moment to be talking to a man no longer here (you), please know that I miss your energy and love on our planet.

Well, um, actually, your energy and love is still here. There are those among us who are grateful at the timing or the content (or both) of your message. For me it was the timing. And we are keeping your timeless message alive.

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Dear Son

Living In A Moment...
Living In A Moment...

Randy Pausch, who wrote The Last Lecture, and shortly thereafter, died, wrote a book about living while he was dying.

I’m writing a book about living while I’m living.

We are all dying, son, it’s simply a fact of life.

Leave a trail for your Family. That’s what I’m doing for you, son.

Yesterday, as my crazy mind was racing, I recalled Randy’s life, his book, and both touched my soul and inspired me, as well as countless millions. And the sad fact that his “anniversary” is soon – July 25. Two years ago Randy left his earthly life.

Somehow, I recalled the cassette tapes I used to make for your Mother. I’d pour over our CD collection, for hours, and create loving tributes for your Mom.

Must have been five or six tapes total. Most likely over 100 of the best Love songs ever written. Most of them Country songs, and most of them obscure songs, meaning they weren’t hits or mainstream.

Here’s one of them, called “Living In A Moment (You Would Die For)”:

I Miss Randy Pausch

I miss Randy Pausch.


Because he inspired me, and countless others, to rethink the way we live our daily lives.

His battle with Pancreatic cancer ended one year ago today. He was 47 when he said goodbye to his wife and three children, all under six years old.

He was fully aware he was going to die, and he used that, I believe, to find an elevated reason to live.

Wanna know a secret about this whole scenario?

We are all dying.

The challenge for most of us? We don’t use this fact to find an elevated reason to live.

Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂