I just read the sweetest article on People.com about three sisters who are all over 100 years old. The sisters, who hadn’t seen each other in ten years due to health issues and travel logistics, were reunited through an organization called Wish of a Lifetime.
As a sentimental softy who loves my sister and is obsessed with living a long life, this article was right up my alley.
Rubye Cox is the oldest sister at 110 (woah!) years old. Ruth Branum is 104, and Rose Shloss is the youngest at 101. Over the course of the reunion, the sisters shared their secrets to a long life.
Rubye, 110, attributes it to her belief in God. She said, “Faith can relieve life’s stresses.”
Ruth, 104, said that staying active is key. Her motto is “I would rather wear out than rust out.”
Rose, the baby at 101, credits the family’s healthy eating habits. They grew up cooking food grown on their farm from scratch.
All of these seem like pretty logical suggestions to me! In fact, I think most centenarians would agree with what the ladies had to say.
My own grandfather, Gramps, is 103 years old, and his longevity is one of my favorite things to discuss with him. While he knows that some of it may have to do with good genes, he certainly doesn’t believe that his genes tell the whole story! Conversely, he also doesn’t think he’s simply “one of the lucky ones.” Similar to the sisters, he credits healthy eating, regular exercise, moderation, and his faith for his long life.
Personally, I love Ruth’s motto that she “would rather wear out than rust out.” I think so many people start acting old long before they have to, and once they start thinking they are too old to do something, it becomes a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. I tell people all the time that I believe that my grandfather has lived as long as he has because he loves life, and he genuinely wants to be alive. He has never been content to just “sit around and be old and wait to die.” Even when life gets difficult, like when he broke his hip and had surgery to fix it at 102, he keeps pressing on and pushing forward. He doesn’t allow himself to stay down for long. He recently told me that his goal now is 115. (Here’s hoping!)
(photos by Misty Miotto Photography)
I am inspired by centenarians like my grandfather and these sisters, and I’m glad to report that I am already following their suggestions. I know that there are millions of factors that go into how long someone lives, but I want to control everything that I can. The way I live my life now will impact the quality of my life when I am older.
I want to live a long life, and I want to live it well.