Have you ever been to a party or gathering with a mixed bunch of friends and strangers when you find yourself tipsy rambling over a glass of wine with somebody you've never met before. Whether it be the opposite or same gender, they begin saying stuff to you that you've been telling others for years. You both just... click. As if you could talk for hours and you wouldn't realise it. Finally there are people out there who get it. They get you. They also see that frame of mind you've had your whole life and they live by it too! That's the exact feeling I got with this book. This book is my 'tipsy soulmate match'.
If you're a follower of my other social networking sites (@NinkComPoop on both Instagram and Twitter), you'll notice that I have recently been reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. I was recommended this book in the comments of a video in which I had told my audience how I was having trouble trying to find a new book to read. As I'm lucky enough to have a huge amount of viewers that know me very well, the recommendations were very much fit to my interests. People understood what made me tick and the type of book I was sure not to put down. Therefore, this suggestion... couldn't have been more correct. (So, thank you mystery recommender!)
It is a book written based on the planning and presentation of a lecture made by the author, Randy. The same lecture that went viral on the internet. The lecture was the very last one he was going to give as he was diagnosed with a terminal cancer giving him only six months left to live. The same lecture that was given for his children to see in the future and discover who his dad really was. Not a light read, you may be thinking... but I wouldn't necessarily say that. Because Pausch wasn't like that. He took the advantage of those final months he had left to live and viewed them as a blessing. An opportunity to make plans and discuss the new future that lied ahead for his wife, Jai, and children. This book is full of pages and pages of life-lessons Pausch has picked up along the way to teach others (including his children) when they need it.
Although the book isn't separated into entry dates and short updated paragraphs on Pausch's life, it did very much feel like reading a diary. Every time I read more of the book, I got more and more closer to his character. It is very easy for you to feel connected to Pausch and respect what he has to say. I could sit here and quote paragraph after paragraph to convince you to read this book without having to make a whole blog post about it.
Along with the crazy part of myself I could see in Pausch, I also learned even more. Because of myself having an extremely happy and fortunate life, of course I am going to have a positive mindset; but Pausch proves to us through all his life-lessons that what he did have on earth was a beautiful thing. He teaches stuff that not many in his situation could say.
It can really enable you to see the light in dark situations and teach you a better way to go about this crazy little thing called life. Treat it like a little instruction book on how to be more positive and see things for what they really are again (something which a lot of us probably lost when we became adults..!)
If you're looking for a new read and are a sucker for inspirational quotes and motivational speakers, this is the very best pick for you.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.
Love and hugs,