Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

brick wall

This is a wall. Do you want what's on the other side?

“Be supportive,” my mom said. “If you love her, support her.”

And so I did that. I spent that week teaching, hanging out in an office up the hall from Jai. I stopped by a couple of times, however, just to see if she was all right. “I just wanted to see how you are,” I’d say. If there’s anything I can do, let me know.”

A few days later, Jai called. “Well, Randy, I’m sitting here missing you, just wishing you were here. That means something, doesn’t it?”

She had come to a realization: She was in love, after all. Once again, my parents had come through. Love had won out. At week’s end, Jai moved to Pittsburgh.

Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.


by Randy Pausch (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008)
from The Last Lecture
Chapter: Romancing the Brick Wall
Image – wwarby

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One Response to “Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    Watched an inspirational video of Randy Pausch giving the “The Last Lecture” form Cargie Mellon University…

    The Randy Pausch I saw on the video was an amazing man, spiritually…with an incredible intellect…

    Yes…I remember his advice to his children (and to us…) re. brick wall…

    Thank you for the post…