My Turn, Your Turn: Randy Pausch

WILMINGTON -- One of my favorite movies is It's a Wonderful Life. You know the story and you know the main character, George Bailey; a depressed man who actually thinks about ending it all. He changes his mind after getting a vision of the impact he has had on his community and the people he loves.  It's a great Hollywood story. But you know sometimes real life provides an even better story.

Perhaps you've heard of Randy Pausch.  His life became truly relevant when it started to end. The 47 year-old professor at Carnegie Mellon University was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  He became famous for an inspirational speech now known as ``The Last Lecture.''  The computer science teacher focused on his life's lessons and how to fulfill childhood dreams.  It was witnessed in the lecture hall by a standing-room-only crowd.  But a subsequent posting on YouTube made it possible for 6 million people to hear what he had to say. I was one of them.  And I was moved.

Randy Pausch lost his battle with cancer last week.  But because of the way he died, so many of us learned something about how to live.  And perhaps that's the best epitaph any man could hope for.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment or anything else, email me, here.