Growing older is mandatory, growing up is optional!

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  1. Kamla

    Kamla Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Some of you may have read this. I thought I 'd share this with my IL'ites..a truth told with humor. Enjoy reading it.

    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, 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.

    "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 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 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.
     
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  2. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    My dear Kamla !

    This is one of the best postings so far !
    You have echoed my thoughts which I wrote in the finishing lines of my review of " Who will cry when you die ? "
    After I started interacting in this forum, not only have I stopped growing old, but my age looks like taking a U turn, to my delight & ofcourse, my family's shock !
    Just like Rose, I have decided not to have any regrets for what I did not do ! At this age ( dear Kamla, nowhere near Rose yet ! ) I dare to dream big & leave the rest to God's will.
    I do not want to become an icon, but would love to be called a friend by everybody in this site.
    Thanks for making my day !
    Love & regards,
    Chithra.
     
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  3. Kamla

    Kamla Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Chitra, our own Rose:)

    Hello Chitra,

    Funny that you should be the first one to read and comment on this post! Do you know Chitra, when I read this snippet, it was of you that I had to think?! That immediately prompted me to post it here. I guessed you would like it, so did I:)

    Have a nice day.

    L, Kamla
     
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    sunkan Gold IL'ite

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    very true....

    this article just rekindles the self bubbling in all of us...yes it would be nice if all could extend their friendship to all.....dear kamla really a very nice one...keep it up..regards sunkan
     
  5. Kamla

    Kamla Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Thanks

    Dear Sunkan,

    Some words and sayings are always reminding us of life's important aspects and facts and it is nice to read and re-read them to refresh our thoughts. I enjoyed this little snippet as much as you did.

    L, Kamla
     
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    nuggehallipankaja New IL'ite

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    Marvellous1

    Kamala,
    It is simply marvellous-incident of the eighty year old
    woman!

    Nuggehalli Pankaja
     

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