It is week 2 of Bloggy Bookclub and our 2nd discussion. I have to admit, I like Caitlin, finished this book in one sitting last week. I absolutely positively love this book and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Q. Does The Last Lecture make you rethink your own priorities —what you want out of life, your work, your friendships, your marriage? Does it make you re-evaluate—or confirm—the things you thought were important?
A: Yes, Yes, and yes. This book challenges you to think in a completely different way. It reminds me that life is to short to be miserable and unhappy. I try to be happy in work, my relationship, friendships, with family, etc. It also reminds me that although a lot is left to chance, you can take the right actions while listening to God and making sure you are following the right path. It makes me evaluate everything that I thought was important and make sure that it still has. I have been working on changing my outlook for the past 5 years and I think I am on the right path. i do know that when I veer off now, its easier to admit that I am wrong and hop right back on. Also giving up control has been a huge thing for me. It is so easier for me to let god do the worrying and me the listening and following.
"Somehow with the passage of time and the deadlines that life imposes, surrendering became the right thing to do." Randy Pausch p136
Q: If you had only 6 months to live (and adequate financial means), how would you spend the time left to you? Would you continue to work? Travel? Spend time with family and friends? Would you make changes in your day-to-day life or continue the life you’re living now?
A: I would stop working immediately. I love my work family, but if I had only 6 months to live it wouldn't be spent working. I spend so much time at work already and would still want to see lots of my friends there, but 8 hours a day 5 days a week, I don't think so. I would try and complete my bucket list, travel to Greece and Italy, and really experience and love what life I have left. After reading this book I would evaluate what I had done in my life and see if my dreams had been fulfilled. I would spend all my time with family and friends, preferably at St Simons Island for a long time.
Q: What passages in particular resonated with you? Which struck you—personally—as most profound or meaningful for your own life?
A: That's hard, because I loved the entire book so much. If I had to choose the ones with the most impact were:
Section 11-Really Achieveing your childhood dreams. It was so cool to see that Randy had really accomplished all of his childhood dreams, by seeing everything through a different perspective or adjusting the dream in a way.
Training a Jedi-Page 117
Raising the White Flag-Page 135
Look for the Best in Everyone-Page 145 "But in the end...people will show you their good side. Almost everyone has a good side. Just keep waiting. It will always come out."
If at First you don't Succeed-Page 146
Be the First Penguin-Page 148 "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."
A Bad Apology is worse than no Apology-Page 47
There are so many other sections, but I will save them for another Q&A section. This book is so inspirational and helps life just make sense in simple terms. I might even do a giveaway with my copy. Everyone needs to checkout this book! Read other book club members answers here.