Ric Elias is a CEO of a marketing company, but that’s not why I think he should come to Bucknell. After browsing videos related to more “academic” topics, I came across Ric’s short talk about his near-death experience on the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in January 2009. While I haven’t been survived a plane crash, I have experienced something that has changed my outlook on life similar to how Ric’s outlook was changed. I don’t expect any of you guys to share details in regards to some sort of life-changing experience, but I think it’s fair to assume we’ve all at least been humbled by something in our past that has made us grateful for our lives and the people around us.
Ric says in the video that while he and his wife haven’t fought since his experience, he still isn’t perfect. The stress of everyday life can make even the most fortunate people lose sight of the gift of life and the people we share it with. While I still find myself stressed out from time to time, I think that’s human nature. However, too often I see some of my good friends get way too caught up in silly arguments or school assignments, for that matter. I don’t believe that it’s OK to just go through the motions in life and not work hard in anything – but on the other hand, I don’t think it’s OK to live your life stressed out all the time and not happy. In other words, it’s good to find a balance!
At a prestigious university like Bucknell, with a lot of pressure from family and others to perform well in academics and athletics – all while staying out of trouble 😉 – I think a talk from Ric Elias would go a long way. His insight might be a good change of pace from more traditional “academic” talks and I think his story would be very interesting to listen to.
To wrap things up, I also came across this video below on TED. I had already seen it, but I feel like it kind of fits in with this whole theme of ‘making the most out of life’. Not to mention it’s hilarious!