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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.

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  29 Responses to “Follow your Dream at Any Age”

  1. 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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  2. Love this story. You are great and write the neatest things. Keep up the good work.

  3. 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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  4. 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!

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