Carpe Diem!

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch has recently discovered he has incurable cancer and that he only has a few more months to leave. The guy is young – 46 years old – and has three kids under the age of five. Earlier this week he gave his farewell lecture to a packed audience at Carnegie Mellon University. The lectures were entitled “How to live your dreams” and are very inspiring. You can read his story here and access his site here. This shows us how short and frail life can be. Don’t hold grudges. Smile to strangers. Be nice to not-so-nice people. Hug your friends. Tell your loved ones how much you love them. Find a job you like. Enjoy each day.

Author: guerson

Born and raised in Brazil, a Canadian stole my heart and took me to Canada in 1999. After seven years between Montreal and Toronto, we then moved to Barcelona, Spain, where I did research for my PhD thesis. This blog began as a chronicle of our adventures while living in Barcelona and exploring the old world and has acquired a life of its own after we moved back to Canada.

7 thoughts on “Carpe Diem!”

  1. wow… what a lesson!!!
    To aqui chorando… eu sempre sou assim!!!
    Mas o melhor seria colocar todas as coisas que ele recomendou em prática, né?!
    Beijos e boa semana!

  2. Eu to praticando e tentando aproveitar o máximo que dá, porém “Be nice to not-so-nice people” é bem difícil. Como eu sou mto preto no branco as vezes fica difícil lidar com estas “diferenças”.. Mas vamos treinando que uma hora dá certo.
    Beijos

  3. It is a real good lesson.. we all need to be reminded from time to time that even though it’s worth planning for the future, we can’t forget about the present.

    Alan once told me the story of his aunt and uncle. They had no kids and worked full time. All their energy was put into saving money for retirement and for taking a round-the-world cruise when they did so. They didn’t go out and they didn’t take any vacations. Well, as fate would have it, a year before they were to retire the wife died. The husband attempted the cruise without her but felt he couldn’t do it and came home early. He died not too long after. So the lesson has always been clear to me: you can’t postpone life.

    As for being nice to not-so-nice people – that’s not something that Randy Pausch said, that’s my own philosophy of life. It’s not always easy but you get MUCH better results than being upset at someone who’s also upset…

  4. Difícil seguir essa filosofia pq se não gosto de uma pessoa fica meio evidente na minha cara e no entusiasmo com que falo com ela e tem sido cada vez mais duro disfarçar.
    Sabe como é, a gente vai ficando mais velha, mais cara de pau, mais sem paciência e cada vez seguindo mais a filosofia do “goste de mim do jeito que sou: .
    Ah, fala sério, eu sou um amor de pessoa, não sou? rsrsrsrs
    Bjs

  5. Eu gostei tanto da história do Randy q até comprei o livro e já terminei de ler. Se tiverem a oportunidade de ler, leiam muito bom, excelente, difícil é não chorar com a sua história.
    Me identifiquei muito com a vida dele, pois perdi meu pai para essa maldita doença.
    Bjs!!!!

    Van…

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