The Flapper Life
It’s never too late to chase your dreams
The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Throw your dreams into high sky like a kite and you do not know what will come back? A new life and new confident you, an individual you always wanted to be.
What it means by saying chase your dreams? Simple! A life you always want to live and more importantly belief in yourself and your dreams. Let me tell you a short story. Stories at times give us such big learning isn’t it?
Story of 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 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.
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 conferred 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 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.
“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 doesn’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.”
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.
When you want something and work hard, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” We have heard this quote so many times but fail to follow it. No one stops us, anyone who is stopping is ‘We ourselves’.
So, go chase your dreams and Never give up on a dream, just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, do realize it.