- Aging & Longevity
100 years or bust! Living a Century
100 years is a long life
For me the question is: Quality or Quantity?
I have had the opportunity to have several friends in the "Century Club" as we call it. Each one walked through life a little differently and lived through age 100 year milestone on opposite pathways.
A Story of a Centurian
Marge was a pitete lady about 5 feet tall, well educated and living in a retirement community. Absolutely, Marge had an opinion about everything. Although marge had a chronic heart condition she remained involved in community activities, ate well and managed to remain independent throughout her life.
As her 100th birthday approached she was asked what she would like to do for her big day. Marge infatically replied, I want to ride a Harley, I have never done it so I think that is what I would like to do.
Marge's big day arrived with a great celebration marking the occasion, people came from miles around to help marge celebrate. As the celebration reached it climax Marge was taken outside where a white and gold Harley with a sleek side car awaited her arrival. As Marge was wisked with the thunderous roar of the Harley the sky was lit up by her beaming smile, ear to ear.
Marge had a secon goal, to ride in an air baloon over the city for her 101st birthday..........She did not make it.........Marge had to wait until her 102nd birthday for that treat !!!!
Regardless of Age......I want to Live until I Die
The Shawshank Redemption provides for us a metephore for ageing. In many ways we find ourselves imprisioned by our circumstances as we age, chronic disease, ageism, functional decline, depression, limited resources and our own attitude toward ageing.
My experience leads me to believe that reaching 100 is as much about the desire and attitude of reaching the century milestone as anythine else.
So. What will it be for you?
"It comes down to a simple choice, Get busy living or get busy Dying"