weekly blog--one for the ages
A Japanese physician who lived until the age of 105 shares the way he did so.
Don't retire. But if you must, do so a lot later than age 65.
Take the stairs and keep your weight in check.
Maintain a spartan diet. For breakfast, he drank coffee, a glass of milk and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. For lunch--milk and a few cookies, or nothing when he was too busy to eat. For dinner--veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean meat.
Find a purpose that keeps you busy. Since the age of 65, he worked as a volunteer, often putting in 18 hours seven days.
Rules are stressful; try to relax them. Richard Overton, one of America's oldest-surviving World War II veterans, would have most likely agreed. Right up until his death at age 112, the supercentenarian smoked cigars, drank whisky, and ate fried food and ice cream on a daily basis.
Remember that doctors can't cure everything. "Pain is mysterious and having fun is the best way to forget it," the physician said.
Find inspiration, joy and peace in art. Instead of trying to fight death, he found peace in where he was through art. He credited his contentment and outlook toward life to a poem by Robert Browning, called "Abt Vogler" — especially these lines:
There shall never be one lost good! What was, shall live as before;
The evil is null, is nought, is silence implying sound;
What was good shall be good, with, for evil, so much good more;
On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven a perfect round.