Have you noticed that time seems to be advancing faster than ever? I thought it was just me, but talking to a lot of people, it turns out, they’ve noticed it too. A year passes and it feels more like just a few months have gone by — I mean, how are we already over 3 months into 2018?
This phenomena means that we truly need to appreciate every moment and make every day count. Wake up in a good mood, resolve to have a good day, have a spring in your step, talk to people and, listen to them too. Find something exciting to do, start that hobby you’ve always dreamed of, take that cruise, climb that mountain…do things that matter and will give your life more meaning.
A great story that speaks to the importance of making the most out of life, is about a woman named “Rose” – a lady who wisely said “You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.” Read on to see how Rose lived every moment to the fullest:
An 87 Year Old College Student Named Rose
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know.
I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me, with a smile that lit up her entire being.
She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?”
I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.
“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.
She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”
“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.
At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium.
As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.”
As we laughed she cleared her throat and began:
“We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day.
You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.
We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.
If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.
If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.
Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets.
The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”
She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.
At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.
Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be .When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they’ll really enjoy it!
These words have been passed along in loving memory of Rose. Remember, growing older is mandatory. Growing up is optional. We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.
Rose was one smart lady. Time is precious, so why waste it living in negativity? We have to grow up, of course, but why can’t we retain our child-like sense of awe about the world? Why can’t we dream, hope and whistle a happy tune every day? The truth is, we can, because we have the ability to make our life anything we wish, so lets dream big!
Shake off anger. Kick negativity to the curb. Let go of envy and all harmful emotions for that matter. Create your life, then go out and live it with passion and vigor…every single day!