Nov 132011

Follow your Dream at any AgeWhen we were young we had dreams of being a doctor, fireman, film star or even a Princess.

Movies inspire our dreams which starts at young age.

Here is a link to review of a kids movie for that:

Princess enchanted tales –  Follow your Dreams

Will Smith played a role in “Pursuit of happyness” of following the dream.

The video below has great words and as Rascall Flats says it in there:

“My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it too”

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The following story about an 87 year old lady following her dreams, came to me in an email, which contains a lot of wisdom about following your dreams and growing up. (There was no reference to the author)

“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 revelled 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 humour 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 months 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.”

Enjoy the video of the Song “The Rose” sung by Janis Joplin

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Beautiful, isn’t it?

For the young (at heart) here is a link  to a video

“Follow your dream” co-written and sung  by 12 year old Cymphonique with Lyrics.

You can also check out the Inspirational Quotes site.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have that kind of spirit when we reach higher chronological numbers of years to our lives.

I love to hear your thoughts on dreams, what inspires you to follow them and/or growing up/old.

Leave a comment below.

  29 Responses to “Follow your Dream at Any Age”

  1. Yorinda,

    Beautifully written post. So many need to really hear the words you’ve written yet they are sadly too busy – growing old.

    The phrase that spoke to me the most “The only people who fear death are those with regrets..’”

    Although I manage a seizure disorder and know my next seizure could take my last breath in this world, I am at peace because I live with no regrets everyday.

    Looking forward to your next work of art –

    Terrific Tonya Heathco
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  2. Hi Yorinda,

    These are very wise words indeed. I have always been a dreamer, and have followed and accomplished many of my dreams in life.

    Now at a mere 59, I turned around one day and noticed that just about everyone out there building their dreams is younger than me! Still, life is wondrous, and there are many more dreams to achieve for me. I will have to live at least 100 to get through some of those left to complete. Yes, I dream big. I once had an Astrology reading and was told when I was finally put to rest in a pine box I would be banging on the lid, saying, “I am not finished yet, I have too many more things to do!” I say never, never, never give up on your dreams. They definitely keep you young!
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  3. Hello Yorinda,

    I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments. Dreams are ageless. And is never too late to go after those dreams. As we grow older in this wonderful endeavor, we may be slower, have all kinds of aches all over the place, and might even carry a couple of extra pounds due to the good life we’ve enjoyed you know :), to go after those dreams actually makes us feel better and the best part of it all, is that we even succeed!

    Thank you for your wonderful insight,

    Keep the Smiles,

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  4. It is important to have dreams/goals.The story was very touching and I loved it.I had dreams when I was younger and it wasn’t until I was in my late 40’s that some of them came true.At almost 57 years old now I am still working on my dreams and slowly but surely God is blessing me with them coming true.Keep your dreams alive!Loved the songs!
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  5. I love her statement ‘ We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.” It reminds me of my husband’s grandmother. she died at 96 years old. I met her when she was in her 80s. She was so active and full of life. We’d go on hikes in the sand dunes near her cottage on lake Michigan. She was always way ahead of everyone and yelling for people to keep up. She was such an example of how to live. Thanks for this post. It brought back sweet memories of her.
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  6. Hi Yorinda,

    Inspiring post. I think when someone grows old does not mean that he/she stops to follow his/her dream. Some say that life begins at 40s. So, I think at that age is the peak of the life, your dream is ageless and also your happiness. The age may grow old, but the dream and happiness could not grow old.
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  7. Very inspiring story Yorinda. :) She reminds me of the old lady I met at the gym. She was very physically enthusiastic doing her exercise routines that you would feel ashamed if you show any sign of weakness.She can do more lifting than most of us at the gym so you’ll really feel challenged and motivated to exercise.

  8. I love your post – truly inspirational. One of the most inspirational people I’ve ever known lived to be nearly 106 yrs old – in fact Alta and her family came across the country in a covered wagon when she was a child to settle in California. She lived in her own home till the day she passed – LOVED roller derby! She never stopped learning new things, knew more about what was going on in the world than anyone else I knew, and she had an amazing sense of humor. I feel so blessed to have known and loved her.
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  9. Hey Yorinda,

    I really loved your post today. I often joke with people that I am planning on going back packing when I am 80! People think I am nuts but I am deadly serious. I have lots of dreams to keep me going right now and don’t think there is any harm n making some long term plans to backpack in 2060! Yikes.

    Thanks for being you,
    Beth :)
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  10. Yorinda,
    Thank you for your beautiful post. Life’s lessons are too simple for complicated minds to grasp. My mom turned 86 this past April. She asked me recently to upgrade her computer because the old one was just too slow. One of her grandsons set her up on Facebook and, although at the time she didn’t see the point, today is having a ball. So much so that I set her up a fan page where she posts her wisdoms daily and has a growing following. We are only old if we think we are.
    Thanks for letting me share with you.
    PS If you want to join my mother on Facebook just search for Grandma’s 2 cents.
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  11. Yorinda what a great post and what a great example. I mean sometimes I feel like I am starting all over and wonder if I am doing the right thing. Its post’s an stories like these which give me all kinds of hope thanks for sharing.

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  12. Yorinda, hello from France :)

    That’s a lovely share thank you and what a talented child to have co-written that song too. I am one of those who thinks it’s never too late to try something new. :)
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  13. What an absolutely delightful story. that’s certainly set me up for the day. A great reminder that you’re never too old to follow your passion. Thanks so much for sharing Yorinda

  14. Hi Yorinda,

    ‘We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.’

    So incredibly true! When I compare my grandparents I can most definitely see the truth in this.

    I was very moved by the story of Rose – she sound like someone I would have loved to meet! I have a very dear friend who is 83 and she is still sailing and having adventures. Let me tell you as well, this women, with her whiskey could drink anyone I know under the table! Her family try to squish her spirit and tell her to start acting her age – not wise council in my opinion but don’t worry I keep her thinking and feeling young!!

    Lovely post Yorinda :-)
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  15. What a warm, inspiring story of a beautiful soul! I’ve known a few Rose’s in my life, but never one who had the courage to pursue a dream as big a this Rose did.

    Never too old to follow your dreams… to begin again… I love it. In some ways I feel as if I am beginning again, at age 58. I am inspired by this wonderful little lady.

    Willena Flewelling
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  16. Great post, Yorinda,
    It is never to late for us to accomplish our goals. I recently returned from a trip to France. I revisited a dream I had 40 years ago – to climb to the top of Notre Dame Cathedral. Several people told me I was too old to do it, but my family encouraged me.

    I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I tried it anyway, and I succeeded. I’m redoing my blog, and I will post my photos later – showing Paris at my feet, and me at the top of Notre Dame. It was wonderful.

    Sometimes age is generous, and it bestows on us the courage to pursue our dreams. Thank you for this wonderful post.

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  17. Hey Yorinda, this i a very touching story.

    I got goosebumps when I read that she then died :(. Although I am still young, It feels good to have direction and goals when so many are just living “dead”. It’s never too late to make change in your life, do what makes you happy and what makes you feel good.

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  18. I am at an older age now but I can still have dreams and set goals. The major difference between myself and those in their twenties is that mine have to be relatively short term. If I set a 25 year goal I would be nearly 90 and maybe not in a position to enjoy it.

    So I have to concentrate more on things I want next year or in five years time.

    Don’t get me wrong, I have been a dreamer all my life so far and that is not about to change now. Besides which it is always easy to come up with new dreams and goals.
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  19. Hey Yorinda,

    This is an inspirational post. I for one could think of at least a dozen things I’d rather do than go to college. But the point of the story is that Rose wanted a college degree. So she went and got one.

    Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn’t want to do more things or have a huge dream to pursue like so many other people seem to. Maybe I should dream bigger. Or maybe I just haven’t caught up to my dream yet. Either way, I guess it doesn’t matter as long as I’m happy and the world is a better place because I’m here.
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  20. Hi Yorinda,
    Beautifully written post.The topic is very catchy and touchy at the same time.It encourages us to follow our dreams at any age and age should not become hardle for our dreams.
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  21. This was a very timely post for me, thanks. It is so true that growing old and growing up are not the same.

    It is my intention to continuously grow up, I have been an interpersonal development junkie for a long time. The one thing that I have learned is that we learn the same times over and over but as we age they resonate with us in a different way.

    I hope that you live your dreams..

  22. Yorinda,
    Lovely, absolutely wonderful. I want to live my life like that woman! Live your life with gusto until the last few days! It’s all a matter of what kind of spirit is within us.
    You had so many things to offer, Your sharing, the song, her story…….it all flowed together and inspired!
    Thank you! You are the best!
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  23. Living one’s dreams is probably up there with the most wonderful “things to do before you die.”

    Too many people are so tired at the end of the day of toil, however, that they neither dream nor live that dream.

  24. It is amazing to me the statement that old dogs will not learn new tricks. The fact is that only you can determine if you are an old dog learning new tricks or an always learning new dog constantly growing.

  25. Hi Yorinda:

    It’s great to know that life is a continuous journey of exploring and learning… we have a lifetime of learning ahead of us no matter what stage we’re at! I often hear people around me talking about retiring and enjoying life; however, retiring for me would be like giving up on life. There’s so much to do, explore and learn and we can always change or create new goals and dreams to manifest! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

  26. Very inspiring and interesting blog post. Achieving our dreams doesn’t really have an age limit. Whether you are young or old, if you have the perseverance and determination for the certain dream then I think it’s not impossible to achieve it. And hey, I think I’m going to show this video to my niece “Princess enchanted Tales” because for sure she would definitely love to watch it.
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  27. Love this story. You are great and write the neatest things. Keep up the good work.

  28. Yorinda,

    Thanks for sharing this very beautiful post and videos. This really resonated with me because I have a friend who wants to pursue a new career and go back to school in her 40’s and she asked me if she was to old to start over. I told her to go for it because I truly believe that as long as there is breath and life in your body that you are never to old to pursue your dreams. Dreams are meant for anyone and not just the young.
    Keep sharing the inspiration!

    Love and Light,
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