- 乔布斯名言The Inspiring Words From Steve Jobs
- 直面内在的敌人 Facing the Enemies Within
- 清理心灵的空间 Clear Your Mental Space
- 生活的小建议 About Life's Useful Tips
- 今生你已不可取代 You Are Irreplaceable This Lifetime
- 控制你的情绪 Control Your Emotion
- 一万小时天才理论 The Talent Code
- 身体最重要的部分 The Most Important Body Part
- 一切刚开始 We're Just Beginning
- 别让这个时代越来越冷漠 Don’t Make the era More and More Indifferent
- 如何创造更多时间 How to Create More Time
- 永远别放弃梦想 Never Give Up Dreams
- 10堂人生课 Ten Life Classes
- 问世间“爱”为何物? What is Love?
- 明天真的无法把握码？Can We Really Couldn't Hold Tomorrow?
- 为了成功训练自己 Train Yourself For Success
- 假如生活重头再来Living life over
- 通往幸福的秘密The secrets to happiness
- 鼓励女孩的十句话 Ten Words to Encourage Girls
- 我没邮箱 I don't have an E-mail
永远别放弃梦想 Never Give Up Dreams
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 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.
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.”
“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.