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 round 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
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
We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.
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Who decided that twerking is a cultural contribution? Where is the invisibile decider of all things concerning people of my color because if I don’t have a say in what I recognize as part of my color there is no point in continuing to fight for equality when I apparently don’t have the freedom to call myself what I want or celebrate cultural aspects that I deem actually cultural.
Artist: Simon Gangl
This guy’s art is amazing! I may post more of it here soon just because it is quite well done. That Exeggutor….wow!
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I try to avoid using labels but I can’t help but feel it’s my civic duty to point out FEMALE VETERANS and SHONDA FUCKING RHIMES. If you people don’t go outside and take a minute to step away from Flawless queen B and alllllllllllllllllllll the infighting/groupthinking being perpetuated by you, the very same people filling my dashboard with every social issue in existence- take a minute to stop contradicting yourselves. You can emulate whoever you want and so can I and I can do so without tearing anyone down. Women who served in the military have had to and continue to put up with more bullshit than I can even express and they keep going forward making real changes and fighting huge battles all on their own but they can’t get credit for shit because they aren’t pretty enough for you, rich enough or famous enough. The thing is they live next door to you and you can get behind a keyboard and judge everyone point fingers at who is wrong or right but you won’t recognize those that most deserve it. You give more credit to someone for having a kid thats cute and vocal talents than women who went to war for a country that doesn’t appreciate them anyway leaving behind children and then going home with PTSD and still taking care of children I’ll leave out the statistics on all the shit a woman puts up with in times of war because you people won’t read this either. I’m not tumblr famous and thats ok but I am so officially sick and fucking tired of the blatant sheepism spreading by so many “individualists” spending more time coming up with new labels and deciding who does and does not fit them… and Shonda Rhimes? If you can’t recognize what the fuck she has accomplished and fought through to do what she’s doing and successfully then I hope you get a cavity everyday on every tooth.
I’m too angry to worry about grammar.
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Hello to my newest followers. I want you to know that I appreciate you for following and actual interaction is even better!
Jon Stewart is back from vacation, and he’s not wasting any time going after one of his favorite targets: Fox News.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche (via portionsofeternity)
(sometimes i love nietzsche so much i just want to cry)
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Everyone is all “I have the right to be this, or that or that- then someone says they don’t like Beyonce or other pop stars and everyone is all “You stupid piece of shit I hope you die, you’re worthless.
way to go to Tumblr.
The video begins humorously as Anthony Carbajal, a photographer, dresses up in a neon bikini top and soaps up a car before being doused with ice water.
I want to move out the country but is there really any other place better for poc out there??
Africa there is poc everywhere but corruption of politics and legal matters lie
Yes. The answer is yes. There is racism everywhere and I don’t feel like arguing about it but I have lived in Italy for 15 years, and Germany for 2- you are only black in America. You would have to leave the country to ever understand that statement. It’s obviously not the solution to the problems in the states but you asked the question and I wanted to at least answer something I actually know.
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If your idols, the ones you call queen and emulate everything they do- if they aren’t speaking out about social issues going on right now then why the fuck are you in my inbox trying to call me out? Who the fuck is going to listen to me? If you’re going to ask for change start at home first. You can’t keep trying to explain that not all people of color are thugs while spending money on the people who are billionaires because they keep saying we are. Pshhhhhh
“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.”- Robin Williams (1951 - 2014)
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