Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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 101 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 100th birthday in November 2008. 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.


Unknown said...

Wow, 100? I'm luck i make 50. Very cool post, sweetie.

Thanks so much for sharing it.

Lynn said...

Sue -

Thank you for stopping by! Blogging is good for the soul, I think. I like what you are doing on your blog - I think it is very centering.

TALON said...

I love her practical, no-nonsense advice. And the positive people one is so true. However, I seriously doubt I'll make it to her great age.

Lynn said...

Talon -

That's what Sue said! I hope you are around a long time, my friend. I love your blog with its lovely images and message.

Yes - this is posted on my office wall. It seemed worthy of re-post - I had technical difficulties this morning at home. :)

LL Cool Joe said...

What a great post. I do agree about the education too. It's strange because I'm now a dj, but I have a degree in art and education and it seems whatever I end up doing, or not doing in the future, no one can take away the fact that I did get an education!

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll be back here again soo. :)

Cookie said...

Great advice!

Lance said...

Positivity is life-giving, isn't it! And wow, still working at age 100 - that's so impressive too. Maybe that's part of keeping an active mind...

Lynn said...

Joe -

Thanks for stopping by Joe! I think education is important, and there are so many ways we can keep learning all the time. Life long learning keeps the mind active.

Cookie -

I like the thought about getting plenty of sleep and not worrying about the things that might not happen. Such great advice.

Lance -

Yes - I agree. Having active minds keeps us going!

Jannie Funster said...

Oh, I so hope Jim lives to be 100, as that will be our 50th wedding anniversary. And I'll be a mere 77 on Feb 22nd, 2042.

I'm sure he will! He's got amazing genes.


Lynn said...

Jannie -

I am sure that you and Kelly will keep him young! I hope he does, too. Could I come to the party? Wow - that seems a long way away. We'll be cool old gals then. :)

Snaggle Tooth said...

Wow, great tidbits here... Maybe I'll get that old-

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

I hope so!