Finding the Tigger trapped in the Eeyore.

So last night, I saw something on MamaPop about Randy Pausch.  See, I had been hearing about him, and how sad it was that he died.  But I never knew who this was.  So I clicked on the YouTube video out of curiosity.  I was just going to watch a few minutes to get a feel for why so many people were bummed out, but his energy just sucked me in.  Before long, I had watched the whole hour and sixteen minutes!  At the end of the lecture, I teared up, and suddenly I understood why this man would be missed by so many.

One point he made stood out to me.  At the 1:02:04 mark, he told the audience, “You just have to choose if you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore.”  I thought about it for the rest of the night.

Tigger – “The wonderful thing about Tiggers, is Tiggers are wonderful things!! … bouncy flouncy fun fun fun fun!”

Eeyore – “Thanks for noticin’ me. Not many people do.”

Tigger is full of life and energy.  Eeyore is a depressed donkey in serious need of intervention.  As much as I wish I was a tigger, I think I’m more of an Eeyore.  The whole, “Woe is me” thing really wears thin after a while.  I’m not all Eeyore though.  I can be a Tigger when I want to be.  And I really want to be.  I want to be a Tigger.  I want to pass a love for life to my kids. I need to make a conscious effort to be more Tigger-like and less Eeyore-ish.

Meanwhile, I highly recommend ya’ll take the time to watch this one.  It’s an hour & 16 minutes well spent.