INSPIRATIONAL STORIES: “An 87 Year Old College Student Named Rose”


An 87 Year Old College Student Named 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, 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 reveled 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 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 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 years 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.


We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.


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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Never too late or too old to learn 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, dear Amira 🙂
    Best wishes


    1. Thank you dear Didi! That’s right, we are always learning through our journeys. That’s what makes life interesting right? Blessings back, Amira

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      1. Yes, learning and digesting the learnt things through own experiences are the spices, salt and pepper, of the school of life, done by learning from each other leading us to higher consciousness and understanding.
        Have a good time, my dear friend Amira 🙂

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  2. Trina Graves says:

    I hadn’t read this one in a long time, so great to read it again as it’s full of inspiration for living a fulfilled life as you age. It made me think of Louise Hay who continued to learn new things throughout her advancing years.
    Thank you for the reminder, Amira.
    Love, Light & Blessings


    1. Yes, so true! Louise Hay was such an amazing role model of “practicing what she preached”. I loved seeing her also in Wayne Dyer’s movie “The shift” , she appears for a few moments at the end and it was a beautiful surprise to see her there. If you haven’t seen the movie I super recommend it @ . Love, Amira

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      1. Trina Graves says:

        It’s one of my favourites, I watch it every year as it’s always in the Hay House World Summit. I love to watch and listen to anything with Wayne Dyer in it, along with his wonderful wisdom, his voice is just so calming. Although he is greatly missed in this physical world, I felt a ‘shift’ (lol) in my spirit on his passing and know others did too. I know he is now more accessable to us all in spirit as he continues on with his mission – and of course, he is now joined by the awesome Louise Hay.

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        1. Yes, I felt this too! He really became such an enlightened being, so humble and so wise! 2 great teachers of our modern times!

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  3. Anita Bowden says:

    What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing this important message, Amira!


  4. Thank you dear Anita! Yes, I was touched & inspired by the message as well. We need to remember to live fully each day,and free ourselves from regrets. I also posted the lyrics for the song “The rose” that goes together with this story. Have a beautiful week 🙂 Amira

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