I have a sign on my computer that reads, “It is never too late to change what you might have been” – a quote from George Eliot. I also have one that says, “If you were waiting for a sign, this is it. Do it.” Every now and again I need a kick in the pants to remember that if I really, really want to do something, it’s up to me to get up off my duff and go get it.
Randy Pausch died early this morning, and the last year or two of his life, most notably his lecture and subsequent book, were a friendly and funny kick in the pants to millions of people. Our condolences to his family. And my thanks for the kick.
From the chapter he cut from the book, regarding the memorial footbridge that will be named after him which will connect the computer science building with the arts and drama building at CMU :
I’m a big believer in symbols as a way to communicate. The symbolism of this bridge is just amazing to me because I’ve spent my career trying to be a bridge. My goal was always to connect people from different disciplines, while helping them find their way over brick walls.
I am moved and pleased when I picture all the people who will one day cross that bridge: Jai, our kids, my former students and colleagues, and a lot of young people with somewhere to go.