Remember my landlady who always ask me to do the projects of her kids? Well, before summer started, she gave me another assignment. It is another book report that his child has to do while he is on vacation. His school is really weird. Students on summer break should be enjoying summer!
Did I do it? Well, no. haha! This past two months has been a struggle for me. Aside from adjusting from morning to night shift, it has been so hot in the Philippine Area of Responsibility that staying in one place is really not an option.
Let’s talk about The Last Lecture.
What it is: The book is all about Randy Pausch’s last speech at the university where he used to teach. Randy was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, and was given by his Doctors a couple of months to live. The book documented the things that he taught in the lecture, how he spent his life after he find out that he was sick, and his plans for his family.
The Last Lecture is all about Randy’s legacy.
I already anticipated that it will be one emotional book. Well, it is, at some extent. But, the book talks more about Randy’s childhood dreams and how those dreams can help you in the future.
What I Love About It: When Randy said, “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something,” I know that the book is talking to me. With the things that are happening to me lately, the phrase served as a bucket of cold water waking me up and telling me that everything will be fine. Yeah, I am encountering a lot of walls lately. Most of the time, I just became too weak and let them take the best of me. Now I understand that walls are there because I have big dreams and all I need is a hammer big enough to crush the walls in front of me. haha!
Another quote that made me love the book is when he said that, “It's not about how to achieve your dreams. It's about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.” Now I know what hammer is needed to crush the walls – make sure that you lead your life the right way. True enough, as long as you are doing everything right, not hurting anyone and taking advantage of anybody, everything will fall into place. There is nothing left but for your dreams to come to you.
What I Don’t Love About It: Randy Died. Period. Haha!
Recommended for: The book is highly recommended for all, it touched my heart, definitely, it will also touched yours.
After reading it, I thought of my landlady’s son. I still won’t do the whole report, but I will help him with the questions. I guess that will be the right way. :)
Watch the Last Lecture below. :)