A friend’s Grandmother turned 100 last month. Her family threw a party for the new centenarian, Ruth, who gave these tips for growing old wisely:
- You’ve got to have a hobby.
- You’ve got to exercise.
- You’ve got to keep thinking.
- You’ve got to eat healthy food.
- You’ve got to satisfy your spiritual hunger; take some time to feed your soul.
- You’ve got to have friends and be a friend; make space for friends.
- You’ve got to look tragedies right in the eye.
- You’ve got to realize that the way we travel is under construction.
- You’ve got to keep a sense of awe.
I’m fortunate, as well, to have a Grandmother still thriving at age 98. She just got back from a trip to Norway. I’ve asked her before what her tips were for a long and healthy life, and she said, “Mainly luck, I guess.”
But those of us who love her know that it’s much more than luck and good genes. She doesn’t worry for worry’s sake; she enjoys adventures, but is happy to stay home and knit or play Scrabble; she mourns loss without denial; and she lovingly maintains a constellation of relationships.
And also, there is that glass of bourbon at night.
How about you? Any tips or lessons to add?