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In the Next Year: What are your Dreams?

Question of the week:  What is a dream you want to accomplish (or start accomplishing) in the next year?

Last week a friend of mine sent me one of those e-mail forwards.  I admit I normally don’t read them, but every now and then they really do have some wisdom to them.  This particular e-mail (which originally appeared in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book) was about an 87 year old woman who was in a class with the author (a traditional age college student).  Basically it is an ode to the wisdom and determination of the 87 year old woman to attend college at her age.

You hear these stories from time to time, indviduals who go after a goal even though their time on earth is realistically fading.  And when asked why this woman (whose name was Rose) replied:

“I have always dreamed, of getting a college education and now I have one.  There are 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 old and growing up.  If you are 19 years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn 20.  If I am 87 years old and lie in bed for one full year and never do anything I will turn 88. 

Anybody, can turn old that doesn’t take any talent or ability.  The idea is to grow up always finding opportunity to change and have no regrets. “

This story was a great reminder to me that A. we are never to old to strive to Live Happier and B. life is precious and we need to embrace each day wondering what we can achieve that day.

Bottom line, life is meant to be savored and enjoyed whether you are 22 or 92.  So in the next year, no matter what you will be another year older–what is your dream for the next year?  What do you want to learn, achieve, accomplish, or understand in the next year?  Feel free to share your dream in the comment box and I promise you will receive a little dream validation.

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