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

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

“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

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


“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

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.