“The Last Lecture:” Inspiration for Everyone


Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture was brimming with inspiration and wisdom


This is the sort of wisdom I would like to impart to my children, and the world.  To celebrate the beginning of a new school year, and give us something to think about as we start each day,   August is“Randy Pausch Quote Month” at Chronically Positive Mom.  It is a month dedicated to the wise nuggets he imparted during his famous speech.  You can see the speech in its entirety on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo.


Keep having fun every day!


Who is Randy Pausch, and why would you care about any lecture of his, let alone his last?  

Carnegie Mellon University invited professors to give a lecture to their students as though it was the last lecture they would ever give.  These lectures would impart their greatest wisdom and the information they thought to be the most important for their students to remember.  Randy Pausch gave his speech entitled, Really Acheiving Your Childhood Dreams,” on September 18, 2007, when he had late stage pancreatic cancer, and knew he had only months to live.


The Elephant in the room, was that this really was Randy Pausch’s last lecture.


When you see the elephant in the room, introduce him


Randy was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon. He obviously wasn’t a mom, but he was a father of three and a husband, who dealt with a significant illness, one he knew would take his life quickly.  Yet he was positive and hopeful until the end.

His lecture is so full of useful tidbits, I just have to share them with you.    And, I’m going to write my own last lecture.  All the things I want my children to know.  It doesn’t have to only be written at the end of someone’s life. Carnegie Mellon would invite their professors to do it because the concept forces the writer to focus only on the most important concepts they would want to leave behind.


I challenge you to write your “Last Lecture.”


Write down everything you would want your family to know if you knew you weren’t going to be here.  What financial, dating, and money lessons would you want them to learn?  What other kind of advice would you want to give them?  Write how you feel about each member of your family, and the specific way they have impacted your life.


Chronically Positive Mom & the Last Lecture


What you do with your last lecture is up to you.  If your children are older, you might want to mail them a copy.  If they’re younger, maybe put it away for the future.  Want to share?  I would love to read it!  Send it to me in an email to jen at thesickmomsguide.com.  No matter what you decide to do with it, I encourage you to write it.    And I encourage you to follow Chronically Positive Mom & Randy Pausch quote month.  You’ll smile often and find encouragement, and we all need that!



Randy’s Last Lecture was full of ways to enjoy life and have fun.  Want to find ways to have more fun, even on your most difficult days?  I wrote “The Sick Mom’s Guide to Having Fun Again: If I can do it, you can too!” just for you!  Find it here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sick-Moms-Guide-Having-Again-ebook/dp/B0714H94MG/