Pros: The book was easy to read, real and thought provoking.
Cons: I was saddened thinking of such a good man with such little time left.
I saw Randy Pausch on Oprah. The rest of that evening, I could not stop thinking of this man. The manner in which he was facing his terminal illness, with such total love and concern for his family and bravery really grabbed my attention. When I watched him on Oprah, the last slide he showed was of his kids. He had held his composure until that slide. I began to think of my own kids, what if I was in his shoes?? So I had to read the book. The very next day, I ordered it and the moment it came, I dove in. As I was reading, I not only read his words, but in certain scenarios, I found myself stopping to think how I would react. Throughout the entire book, not only did I learn about Randy's feelings, I looked at my own. Self reflection wasn't exactly something I anticipated, but found it to be a very pleasant surprise with the book. The writing was real. He told stories as that portrayed his values and ethics. I felt like I really wanted to meet him, just by his writing. He came across as that guy that everyone likes, and then I would remember his situation- terminal pancreatic cancer- and my stomach would turn. I found myself wishing for a miracle right along with Randy. I wanted him to get better. The short life stories, written by a highly educated man,are stories that anyone could appreciate and enjoy. Though he's a scientific man, the writing is easy and very human. Fabulously human. I would highly recommend this book. Get to know this man, and along the way, take a look inward.