I don’t think that I’ve done this yet—simply copied and pasted an article wholesale and called it a post. The reason why I’ve done so today is because what is described in this article is something that is a deeply held value for me: keep it fresh, dawg. Here’s a man who’s reached the century mark, a truly rare milestone for any human being, and he’s not going to sit on the porch and watch the cars go by.
One of the “Science Friday” radio shows on NPR talked about the possibility that we will live to be 150 years old beginning in the near future. Of course, to endure that much existence requires that you keep your body and mind in some kind of good condition. And the rest of that show was dedicated to the potential medical advances which could lead us to an unimagined ability to turn back, or at least blunt, the worst which the aging process can dish out to us
I take the fish oil capsules, vitamin C and, occasionally, ginseng of one type or another. I think I’m blessed with some good genes but I can’t rest on all of this. This article, published at the beginning of 2008, reminds me that I need to exercise more and work at keeping my spirits up. Depression and stress are clinically proven to have a negative effect on your health[¹][²].
I mean to cultivate and grow the attitude displayed by these two beautiful kids featured in this article. I can ask that much from myself. If I am truly keeping that beautiful bird named Optimism on my shoulder daily it won’t matter if I reach 100 years, 150, or even eighty. Because I will have lived so much more than if I simply spend my time counting my troubles.
The article from Reuters:
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Fri Jan 4, 2008 11:01pm GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – A 102-year-old will become Britain’s oldest emigrant this weekend when he leaves to start a new life with his wife in New Zealand.
Eric and Doris King-Turner, 87, will start their “wonderful new adventure” on Saturday when they set off on a cruise liner from Southampton.
“I would say to anyone that if you want to do something you should do it straight away while you can,” the retired dentist told Friday’s Daily Mail.
“What’s important is that when I’m 105 I don’t want to be thinking: ‘I wish I had moved to the other side of the world when I was 102.'”
New Zealand’s better weather, excellent fly-fishing and lack of crowds attracted King-Turner, although he admits he will miss his friends in Britain.
The couple, who are both widowers, have lived in Hampshire since their marriage 12 years ago.
Doris King-Turner is a New Zealander and still has a bungalow in the South Island town of Nelson, where they will live. She sponsored his application to emigrate.
“It’s going to be a great adventure,” she said.
(Reporting by Peter Griffiths; Editing by Steve Addison)