Thursday, August 12, 2010

How to live to be 100

Re-posting of a favorite from last year...

Mockingbird. Illustration by Talitha Shipman

- From Georgia State University Alumna Anne Marie Evans*, who is nearly 102 years old,
How To Live To Be 100
Be Tenacious. In the face of life’s obstacles, be innovative and creative. If you’re afraid or worried, don’t show it.
Befriend Positive People.
Value Education. Always get a good education because that’s the one thing they can’t take away from you.
To Thine Own Self Be True. Analyze how you act and react. Know your skills and capabilities. Then set realistic goals and produce something in justify your existence. Have confidence in yourself and say your prayers because they will bear fruit. Get plenty of sleep and don’t worry about the things that might not happen.

* Anne Marie Evans (M.A.'77, Georgia State's oldest alumna, celebrated her 101st birthday in November 2009. She emigrated from Nazi Germany in 1938, and over the past three decades she has authored five books, assisted dozens of older students with her endowed scholarship, and co-founded Life Enrichment Services, Inc., an educational organization for people over 50. She continues to work professionally as a social gerontologist.


The weekend is starting early for me, friends. I am heading to mom's shortly to help her move to a new home in south Georgia - she will be closer to my sister and we are all excited about her new place. I'll see you on Monday and hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Fireblossom said...

Have a safe trip and hurry back!

G-Man said...

I'll be happy to hit 61...:-)

Jannie Funster said...

"Befriend Positive People" That's why your blog reels so many of us in!

We will miss you!!! Safe travels.


sage said...

Travel safe and thanks for the good advice... now I'm off to befriend some positive folks :)

TALON said...

Hope all goes well and smoothly for your Mom's move, Lynn.

I love Ms. Evans last tip the most - and it seems to be the hardest for a lot of people.

Meredith said...

Have a safe trip, Lynn! I hope you see lots of beautiful sights and enjoy every minute with your family all around. :)

My favorite is number 2: Befriend Positive People. I could say I've done that, using just you as an example. Namaste.

desk49 said...

this post is old
yet to some new
words of wisdom
to live by too
the best for me is
to thine self be true

Louvregirl said...

Hey Lynn! You too!

Anonymous said...

Anne Marie Evans, what an amazing woman. :)

And like the fine folks above have already said, have a safe trip, Lynn.

LL Cool Joe said...

Have a wonderful weekend Lynn!

Riot Kitty said...

Good advice!

Snaggle Tooth said...

must've read this before, but don't remember the tips! Good advice to take to heart-
If we could all live that long n understand her wisdom!

Hope all goes well with your Mother's move!

Mama Zen said...

Hope the move goes well!

Lynn said...

Shay -

Thanks Shay - we are in the throes of unpacking, but I managed to snag my sis's computer for comments tonight.

G-Man -

I hope you make it. :)

Jannie -

Awww - thanks, my friend!

Sage -

There's nothing like it! :)

Lynn said...

Talon -

I like the get plenty of sleep part!

Meredith -

Namaste, my friend. Vice versa!

Ellis -

Thank you for my poem! That is a great way to be. :)

lg -

Hope your weekend is good!

Tony -

She is someone I look up to, for sure. And it sure is hot down here - but we persevere. We are about halfway through getting her apartment set up.

Joe -

Thank you!

RK -

I think so, too.

Snaggle -

Wonderful words indeed!

Mama Zen -

Thank you!

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Wendy said...

isn't this so true! Hope you mother's move goes smoothly.

Granny Annie said...

Glad you reran this one. I could never understand why young persons coming into banking did not take advantage of all the free education provided for them. Their point was always "I'm not going to work here forever" and my response was always, "The free education you receive here will leave with you when you go. The company cannot take away what in in your head."

Lynn said...

Wendy -

Fairly smoothly - there was lots to do. It's good to be home.

Annie -

I heartily agree. I am probably not the best person for the job I'm in right now, but I've learned an awful lot from it.

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