Ed Sheeran ft. Passenger - No Diggity/Thrift Shop (cover)
“this is about as gangster as two folk singers can get”
Catching Fire official posters
AHH, excuse me while I go into a state of fangirling and scream my head out
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 round 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
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.
REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS
We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.
this is i can’t even. perf doesn’t even begin to describe it.
I never posted this, from 2 years ago when I made it, cuz It never felt complete or sounded perfect to me. After listening to it now, it feels complete and although it isn’t exactly how I wanted it, it’s time for my song to be heard. Somethings should just be let go and heard and somethings maybe tough to say it but its worth it in the end. If it’s all out then there will be no regrets.
I wish happiness for everyone, but for all those nights where you just lie in bed wondering, just know its OK not to be OK.
I called it Neotide, even though that word is no where in the song, because a tide can crash a sand castle (something you’ve worked so hard to build) or it can wipe away everything and start something Neo (new).
The song about night time, when feelings creep in and you just want to sleep so that tomorrow will come and bring a better day.
Everyone deserves a better day, and better nights rest.
-I truly love you all,
Before I made my very first choreography to “Fallin Out” back at the very end of 2008..I tried to choreograph to this song. Back then, I didn’t have the knowledge or experience to dance to it how I would have wanted to so I left it alone. Now being the beginning of 2013, I thought I’d be ready. Now definitely later down the road I’d be better and could try approaching the song again, but for what I have right now, I feel pretty good about it. So good that I felt I could teach it at my first teaching trip out to Virginia! Definitely a fun experience teaching all of the students and just sharing what I love to do in a new class environment. Everyone in the scene there was just super hungry to learn and grow as dancers and I loved it! Glad I got to share this with them and happy to know what it finally felt like to get lots of shoes thrown at haha. My dream from back in 09’ is slowly becoming a reality and I will continue the journey to live the life I want to live. A life that I have already given up so much time for and would be willing to give up all my time for. My garage to teaching at a local studio. From watching Soreal Dance Studio clips on my computer wishing to go there to becoming an instructor at Soreal Dance Studio. From watching one of my main main main inspirations that got me to even start making choreo to having him be one of my closest friends. From being unpopular and anti-social in school to having lots of loving/kind supporters of my art. From my garage to Virginia…..and soon..the rest of the world (already in the works). I still have lots to learn, lots to do, lots to experience..but it is this year where I’m noticing the transition towards my dreams becoming real life. Late December ‘08- now Jan ‘13..I know it sounds cheesy when people say “follow and never give up on your dreams” type of shit..But it’s real. If you wake up, and picture yourself where you want to be in the future everyday..you’ll find yourself there through your time & dedication. Like I said…I still have tons of time and haven’t done anything compared to what I’m hoping for. But I can say that I’m thankful for what has been accomplished so far..they’re baby steps, but they are steps nonetheless that I spent in the garage alone for hours freestyling/choreographing. I just still can’t believe how much dance has turned my life around and I’m thankful. Looking forward to more experiences like this one in Virginia. I know this is a lengthy blog, but that’s what my tumblr is for. To log moments like this lol. Thank you and hope you enjoy the choreography!
“Gone” by NSYNC
Choreography by Daniel Jerome
HAD to reblog for what he had to say. Daniel, thank you AGAIN for coming out to Virginia to share your craft!