It is truly amazing to listen to Randy Pausch speak about achieving his childhood dreams knowing his situation. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a very short amount of time to live when he decided to deliver this "last lecture". In Randy Pausch's Last Lecture, he talks a lot about overcoming obstacles and pushing through them to achieve his "childhood dreams". This got me thinking. Did I ever really have a childhood dream? Of course I wanted to be the girl in every Disney romantic comedy but, what was my dream? I guess I had some but honestly, I could not remember ever being really adamant on one thing. Then, I heard Randy talk about "head fakes". Head fakes are indirect learning. This made me think of my cheerleading career. I never wanted to cheer in college but I wanted so badly to cheer all through grade school. I did. Cheerleading head faked me because I learned teamwork and social skills through being on a team with 15 plus girls. While I was not on that team to really learn about those things, I did. That is called a "head fake".
Later on in life I realized that I wanted to be a teacher. However, when I went to Auburn I wanted to major in pharmacy because they made all the money. I was not happy in pharmacy and my grades suffered because of it. I hit the "brick wall" that Randy spoke about and I was not able to overcome it. It showed me that I was not ready or willing to be a pharmacist and that I really wanted to be a teacher like my mom. I hit another brick wall when I came to South because my grades from Auburn were not good at all and in order for me to get into the College of Education at South I needed to make all As that semester. I did it. I overcame that brick wall and now I am on the road to achieving my dream. That brick wall also separated me from the detrimental people in my life. I plan to make all As again this semester and every one after that to prove to my parents and myself that I can do it!
One humerous quote from Randy that I really drew inspiration from was this: "Don't bail; the best gold is at the bottom of the barrels of crap". Being the laid-back person that I am, I often get discouraged easily and I have to remember that end goal of becoming a teacher if I continue to push through it. After watching this lecture, I am truly inspired by Randy Pausch and I plan to continue to push through those brick walls and achieve my dreams!