Mitch experiences the ultimate lesson on this book - he learns about himself. What he learns form Maury is that success and happiness are not always measured in dollar signs or in popularity polls. There is a great deal of humanity in this work. At the start, Mitch is not a likable character. He is self-absorbed, always in a hurry, but for what? Ultimately, we will all die. It is not death that defines us but how we live life.
As readers, we learn a series of lessons alongside of Mitch. We change our opinion of him as we change our views of ourselves. There is a little bit of Mitch in all of us. This is why we are able to connect with him. As we learn Maury's lessons, we learn to like ourselves, and Mitch, just a bit more. we learn to forgive and forget, we learn to accept our limitations, we learn that it is never too late to change, that death is not the end of love, that dreams are important as is our ability to reach for them if we only try. I think this quote from the book sums up much of what Mitch learns:
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” (p. 43)
Mitch is "half-asleep" and going through the motions. He becomes alive because of Maury.
Albom, M. (1997) Tuesdays with Morrie. New York: Doubleday
In the beginning of the book Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch was somewhat miserable with himself. He had set out on one journey and ended up in another direction. He was dissatisfied with his life.
Every Tuesday Mitch started to visit Maury and talk with him about life. Maury wanted to know if Mitch had found happiness and satisfaction in life. Mitch had to admit that he had not and this got him to thinking.
In my opinion Mitch matured and learned to appreciate more things in life after spending time and learning from Maury. Maury was very humble about his life and the things that he enjoyed in life. He has learned a lot from Maury.