The Last Lecture

I’ve viewed this video a number of times in the past few months but recently a friend sent it to me again and this time I had a chance to really watch and listen to it — this time without rose-coloured glasses. It’s amazing to me how many of us live life knowing that things could be better if…. or that tomorrow is another day… We continuously push off tomorrow what we could have been done today. We say we live life with integrity but we knowingly prioritize the lesser important things and justify that these are merely a means to an end — and end that involves the only thing that really matters: family. Life is passing us by so quickly, and as I have come to experience, those around me continue to be confronted by the reality of their own mortality. My kids continue to grow and I realize that I have been absent through the little milestones they have achieved. When did Nate become so articulate in his explanation of a cool hockey play? When did my little girl become such a philosopher? Why wasn’t I there when they had problems with the class bully? In the past while I’ve been reminded over and over ever so subtley about my priorities. I used to work late into the night when the kids were asleep and from time to time I would hear, Harry Chapin’s “Cats in the Cradle”. Sometimes I would stop to listen, feeling the guilt rush through me. Other times I would say to myself, “Thank God that isn’t me”. But it was..and still is. And it’s time to confront that inner beast and change before it’s too late.

Comments

  1. I’m love the video! Very inspiration Hessie..I do live life everyday thinking how I can better my children and my life! I have dreams too but I’m living a large part of it when I see my kids swimming, playing the piano at recitals and doing their dance recitals on stage! I honestly want my kids to remember me when I’m not around anymore that their mommy and daddy truly gave them the best of the best! The best is when they tell me that they love me everyday and everynight!

  2. Thanks Paul. It really struck me: You only have one chance to make it right with those that really matter: Family. I am very lucky that my kids will love me unconditionally no matter what. But like all things, everything has its threshold. And I’m not about to wait for my family to reach theirs. Thanks for your input.

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