Creeping ivy, Pickity Place, Mason, NH, March 2008,
Nikon D40, 35mm focal length equiv. 300mm, Exposure 1/30 sec @ f5.6, ISO 400, no flash, exposure bias -1/3
© Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]
See this ivy? It keeps creeping forward, step by step, day by day.
Your life is like that as well. So is your death. It's something few people like to think about -- someday in the future, we will live our last day.
And we don't get to know when this will happen. Which for most of us, allows us to forget about it entirely. But that's not the best approach.
What if you really realized you were going to die -- would it affect the way you live today? I think so. And that's a good thing, because it is too easy for each of us to take our lives, our health, our financial security for granted. We need to recognize just how lucky we are, and take steps to make the most of this one and only life -- this gift -- that we have.
I expect you've heard about Dr. Randy Pausch. Now there was a classy guy, who really made a difference in the lives of his students, and now many others that have seen his "last lecture" and/or read his book.
Once again, today's post comes from the donation, which was made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, to search for a cure for the disease that Dr. Pausch battled. Through some e-mails today, I came across his lecture and just had to watch it again. Along with a special by Diane Sawyer (find it here, down the page on the left side). He was quite a man.
His last lecture is an hour-long. If you've never seen it, you are in for a real treat. And if you did see it when it came around the web the first time (it's now had over 12 million views), you still might want to take the time to be reminded of his noble lessons for life.
Don't let that ivy creep up on you. Decide what actions you want to take, and live your dreams.
- Donation: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of Dr. Randy Pausch
- Exercise: Walking around Den Haag city center (15 mins) -- hey, we took the tram because it was cold ;-)