** Legal Stuff: I was provided a copy of The Priority List from Simon & Schuster to read and review here. **
I think we all, at some point in our lives, stop and think about the things that are most important to us.
For David Menasche, The Priority List was something that his AP English students did for him each year. When faced with brain cancer, though, Menasche (as he is affectionately called) creates his own Priority List.
Deciding to forgo further treatment for his deadly brain cancer, Menasche, almost completely blind and crippled decides to take to the road- alone. He seeks out his former high school students to see if in his life’s work, teaching, he has truly made a difference on others.
I enjoyed reading about his family and how he was raised, saddened by the relationship with his wife, and touched by the stories his students shared about him. As a teacher myself, knowing that I’ve had an impact on even one student is fulfilling. Knowing that he had an impact on such a large body of students? Is something that he will take with him until his last breath.
If nothing else, this book serves as a reminder to live each day. To appreciate each day. And to not wait until you receive a death sentence to start doing these things.
It’s definitely worth checking out.