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Comment by andrew warren on May 6, 2011 at 8:32am

This episode explains that dreams are worth trying to make reality, no matter how old you are. I think it’s awesome that those people made a movie. I am a huge believer that having a dream or goal in life is important, even if you don’t achieve it.

Comment by Matthew Scott Owen on May 6, 2011 at 8:31am

What I understood from this documentary was the fact that some people can change their life when their young or old. In the first act of the documentary was telling the story of an older lady that is in her 60's that this lady has always wanted to be a writer but never has she written a story in her life but one day she just had an urge to write a short film called bandida.

In the second act it tells a story about a 13 year old that has done criminal activities in her past life from dating guys 18+ years old to doing cocaine. The thing that she did was she cleaned up her life by not doing drugs, breaking up with older guys, and hanging out with people in her age group. So what this documentary has told me is, it doesn’t matter how old you are there is always a way to better your life, or change your life so you may benefit for the best.

Comment by Emily LaLonde on May 6, 2011 at 8:29am

This American Life today was about a senior citizen not giving up her dream to be an writer. In her sixty's she finally wrote her first peice or work. She never has written anything she could actully call her own. They then turned the her story into a short flim. It wasn't with real actors it was with real senior citizens. The writer didn't give up her dream. I don't beleive that your ever too old to make your dreams come true. It just take time and patience. Your dreams my not come true how you seen them but never give up!!

~LaLonde~

Comment by Cassie Wright on May 6, 2011 at 8:27am
Dreams are important. Even if you don't fullfill that dream, it still matters. Doing what you love, and giving it your all, and just seeing yourself doing the things you've wanted, no matter at how far you excel. As long as your happy, with the way things are, how things are turning out. If you wanted to be a famous artest, you could be, you don't need to have it up in a huge art gallery just to feel like you succeeded. Just showing close friends, and family, and enjoying it yourself is all that truly matters. Hopes and dreams makes us who are, by how we choose to follow those dreams, how we decide going about life. Just doing it to your expectations is all that matters.
Comment by William Bailey on May 6, 2011 at 8:27am
     I thought it was bizarre, new, and very different that a group of senior citizens got together and decided to make a short movie. It most likely took a lot of guts to do that because of how old they were and how they have failed at things in the past that meant a lot to them. In act two I didn't think of much just how she didn't mind saying things about her past when it had so much criminal activity and she even laughed along with everyone about it.
Comment by James Riley on May 6, 2011 at 8:24am
In this edition of This American Life, I believe that the lesson the story is trying to convey is that your never to old to have a dream. If you want to do something you should. It doesn't really matter if you fail, the point is that you tried. The second half of the story was amusing. It's not very often someone is open enough to read there diary in front of a bunch of people, especially when it was as personal as it was.
Comment by Alexander Michael Harrelson on May 6, 2011 at 8:23am

I think this episode was really good. The reason is because even if your dreams don't come true, it's worth having them. It's worth having dreams even if they don't come true because at least you can try to make them come true, and if you don't, then you might never know what it feels like to have your dreams come true. I, personally, want my dreams to come true, and, I'm going to try to make them come true. I also think that you can't grow up too fast. The reason I think that you can't grow up too fast is because you need to enjoy the little things when you're younger because as you get older, you will start to give up on your dreams. At least when you're young, you have dreams to look forward to.

Comment by Travis Powell on May 6, 2011 at 8:23am
Is it worth dreaming? Is it worth, not dreaming? When do your dreams and desires begin to fade, at what time at what age?

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