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Never give up on your dream

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.
  开学的第一天教授做了自我介绍,他还要求我们去结识某位我们还不认识的人。就在我站起来四处张望时,一只手轻轻地搭在了我的肩上。我转过身一看,一位满脸皱纹个子矮小的老太太正冲着我微笑。这微笑使她浑身光彩照人。她说: 嘿,帅小伙儿,我叫罗斯,今年87岁。我可以拥抱你吗? 我笑了起来,热情地答道: 当然可以啦。 她紧紧地拥抱了我。

   “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 have a couple of children and then retire and travel.”“No seriously ”I asked.I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
   你为什么在这么年轻而天真的年龄上大学? 我问。她开玩笑地回答说: 我要在此遇到一个有钱的丈夫,结婚,生几个孩子,然后退休,去旅游。 ”“ 真的吗?不对吧? 我问她。我很想知道,她这么大年纪,是什么促使她接受这样的挑战呢。

   “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 milk shake 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.

   我一直梦想接受大学教育。而现在我如愿以偿了。 她告诉我说。课后我们一同到学生活动楼,共饮了一杯巧克力泡沫牛奶。我们一下子就成了朋友。在此后的三个月中,我们每天都一起离开课堂,聊起来没完没了。在她向我传授她的智慧和经验时,我总是着了迷似地倾听这个 时间机器
   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 up 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( 一种威士忌的牌子 )  and this whisky is killing me. I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just t ell 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.”

  在这一年里,罗斯成了校园里的偶像。不管到哪里,她很容易地就交上了朋友。她喜欢精心打扮,陶醉于其他学生对她的注意。她尽情地享受这一切。到学期末,我们请罗斯在我们的足球宴会上讲话。我永远也不会忘记她给我们的教诲。介绍完毕后她就登上讲台。正当她要开始已准备好的演讲时,她的5寸长3寸宽的卡片掉在了地上。她有些不知所措,还有点尴尬,于是就靠近话筒干脆说了起来: 很抱歉我这么紧张。我为大斋节戒了啤酒,而这威士忌可是毁了我。按原先准备好了的讲是不可能了,还是把我所知道的说给你们听吧。 我们都笑了,她则清了清嗓子开始说: 我们并不因为自己老了而不娱乐;我们因为停止了娱乐而变老。要想保持年轻,过得幸福并取得成功只有4条秘诀。
  “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 an d 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 the 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 a go. 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.

    Remember growing older is mandatory growing up is optional.


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