Never Give Up Dreams 永远别放弃梦想_散文随笔_好文学网

Never Give Up Dreams 永远别放弃梦想_散文随笔_好文学网

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.

Life doesn’t always give us the joys we want.We don’t always achieve our
dreams and we don’t always get our own way.But you’ve heard the
expression,“what you see is what you get.”In my younger time, one of my
classmates began a talk with me that made me know the real meaning of
it.

“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 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.

She said,“Hi, beauty, my name is Lily.Iwear a hat in summer becauseI’ve
beendiagnosedwith cancer.”

译文:开学的第一天教授做了自我介绍,他还要求我们去结识某位我们还不认识的人。就在我站起来四处张望时,一只手轻轻地搭在了我的肩上。我转过身一看,一位满脸皱纹个子矮小的老太太正冲着我微笑。这微笑使她浑身光彩照人。她说:“嘿,帅小伙儿,我叫罗斯,今年87岁。我可以拥抱你吗?”我笑了起来,热情地答道:“当然可以啦。”她紧紧地拥抱了我。
“你为什么在这么年轻而天真的年龄上大学?”我问。她开玩笑地回答说:“我要在此遇到一个有钱的丈夫,结婚,生几个孩子,然后退休,去旅游。”“真的吗?不对吧?”我问她。我很想知道,她这么大年纪,是什么促使她接受这样的挑战呢。
“我一直梦想接受大学教育。而现在我如愿以偿了。”她告诉我说。课后我们一同到学生活动楼,共饮了一杯巧克力泡沫牛奶。我们一下子就成了朋友。在此后的三个月中,我们每天都一起离开课堂,聊起来没完没了。在她向我传授她的智慧和经验时,我总是着了迷似地倾听这个“时间机器”。
在这一年里,罗斯成了校园里的偶像。不管到哪里,她很容易地就交上了朋友。她喜欢精心打扮,陶醉于其他学生对她的注意。她尽情地享受这一切。到学期末,我们请罗斯在我们的足球宴会上讲话。我永远也不会忘记她给我们的教诲。介绍完毕后她就登上讲台。正当她要开始已准备好的演讲时,她的5寸长3寸宽的卡片掉在了地上。她有些不知所措,还有点尴尬,于是就靠近话筒干脆说了起来:“很抱歉我这么紧张。我为大斋节戒了啤酒,而这威士忌可是毁了我。按原先准备好了的讲是不可能了,还是把我所知道的说给你们听吧。”我们都笑了,她则清了清嗓子开始说:“我们并不因为自己老了而不娱乐;我们因为停止了娱乐而变老。要想保持年轻,过得幸福并取得成功只有4条秘诀。”
“每天都要笑,每天都要找到幽默。”
“一定要有梦想。失去了梦想,人就死了。在我们周围有那么多行尸走肉般的人,他们却不自知。”
“变老和成熟是有巨大区别的。如果你19岁,在床上躺一整年,而不做一件有成效的事情,你会到20岁。如果我87岁,在床上待一年什么也不做,我也会到88岁。谁都会老,那不需要天才或能力。我的意思是要通过在变化中不断地寻找机会而达到成熟。”
“不要后悔。年长的人一般不会为我们所做的事而后悔,而会为我们所没有做的事后悔。只有充满遗憾的人才惧怕死亡。”
她勇敢地唱了一首《玫瑰之歌》作为结束,还要求我们每个人学习歌词并在日常生活中将词意付诸行动。
年末,罗斯结束了她多年前就开始的大学生涯,取得了学位。毕业一周之后,罗斯在睡梦中平静地去世。
两千多名大学生出席了她的葬礼,对这位了不起的女士表示敬意。她以自身范例教育我们:发挥自己的潜能永不为晚。记住,衰老是无法抗拒的,而成熟却是可以选择的。

“I’m sorry to hear that.But why are you in senior high school?”Iasked.

“Ialways dreamed of having a senior high school education and nowI’m
getting one.”She told me.

After class we walked to the coffee bar and shared a cup of chocolate
milkshake.We became instant friends.

At the end of semester we invited Lily to speak at ourEnglishclub
banquet andI’ll never forget what she taught us.She cleared he throat
and said:“Firstly,I’m very grateful for your donation.Without
you,Iwouldn’t get good treatment.Because of you,Ifound the power in life
along with the joy, happiness patience and understanding.

Then,I want to say that we should have a dream.When you lose your
dreams, you die.We have so many people walking around who are dead and
they don’t even know it.There is a giant difference between growing
older and growing up.I’m thirteen years old girl.IfIlie in bed in
hospital for a whole year and don’t do any productive things,I’ll turn
fourteen years old.Anybody can grow older.That doesn’t need any talent
or ability.The point is to grow up by always finding the opportunitiesin
changeand pursuing dreams.Someone once asked me,‘Areyouafraidof
death?’My answer is no. people 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 regrets.

Finally,I wish you light in your darkest hours, no matter
howthreateningyour current situation is or how uneasy you may feel.There
is always light for us to access, whether itisthe light of god or the
light of close friend.Every night comes to an end, every storm runs its
course, and light and peace always return to us.”

She concluded her speech by courageous singing“My Happy Ending”.

At the year’s end, Lily’s situation became worse.She had to come back to
stay in hospital.At the final class, she said to us:“Ilove you.”One week
after graduation, Lily died peacefully in her sleep.All of
theEnglishclub students attend her funeral in tribute to the wonderful
girl who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you
canpossiblybe.

Time marches on, the song“My Happy Ending”is still in my
phone.WhenIlisten to the song,I’ll recall the unforgettable time we
spenttogetherin my younger time and what Lily talked with me that
changed my life.

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