100 Life-Changing Advice From People Over 100 Years Old — Part 1

Have you ever wondered what hitting your 100 years old feel like? We always hear about life advice from 80 years old, but… what about those who become centenary?

As a person who is now in my thirties, I decided I would not waste time with stupid things; I feel like I have to compensate for all the time wasted during my past years and sometimes, reading or receiving advice from someone who has lived three times what you lived can be a huge help to ease my concerns.

Remember when you were stressed about turning 18? Or even turning 30? What about those who defied age and passed the 100 number?

Here is their life advice:

1. “Don’t look at the calendar. Just keep celebrating every day.”

2. “Invest in quality pieces; they never go out of style.”

3. “I make myself go out every day, even if it’s only to walk around the block. The key to staying young is to keep moving.”

4. “Exercise is totally necessary. But I think it might be a bit overrated.”

5. “The use of vitamins? Forget it.

6. “Fall in love, get married. Sex is to be encouraged.”

7. “Even if you feel hatred, keep it to yourself. Don’t hurt other people for any reason.”

8. “Don’t ever give up on love.”

9. “Nobody else controls you.”

10. “Make time to cry.”

11. “Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.”

12. “Don’t compare. You’ll never be happy with your life. The grass is always greener somewhere else.”

13. “If you are embarrassed to be dating someone, you should not be dating them.”

14. “Do one thing each day that is just for you.”

15. “Don’t be a cheapskate.” (Someone Stingy, disliked, who won’t even tip or send a gift to their close ones)

16. “Forgive.”

17. “Find your passion and live it.”

18. “Most time, things will figure themselves out.”

19. “Choose the right parents.”

20. “Have a pet. Life gets lonely sometimes. Pets are reminders of how we’re all living things.”

21. “I’m not saying you have to practice one religion or another, or not practice one religion or another… I’m just saying that you should figure out what you believe in and live it completely.”

22. “Learn to adapt.”

23. “Take time to mourn what you’ve lost.”

24. “Keep going and never give up.”

25. “Make yourself walk.”

26. “I drink the faucet water.” (Tap water)

27. “Don’t just die all because you want to.”

28. “Life is fun. It’s all up to the person. Be satisfied. You don’t have to be ‘happy’ all the time, you need to be satisfied.”

29. “Love people. Find something to like about the person — it’s there — because we’re all just people.”

30. “Get a great education. That is something that no one can take away from you.”

31. “Think positive.”

32. “Exercise every morning… I have a machine… it’s a cross between a rowing machine and a bicycle… [I do] 150, 200 [rows] every morning. I won’t leave my bedroom until I’ve done that.”

Some of these elderly are more sporty than half of us!

33. “Be active. I do things my way, like skiing when I’m 100. Nobody else does that, even if they have energy. And I try to eat pretty correctly and get exercise and fresh air and sunshine.”

34. “If you’re positive, you can get through it OK. When you think negatively, you’re putting poison in your body. Just smile. They say laughter is the best medicine there is.”

35. “For years, I would not take any medicines at all. I don’t think they do much, and lots of times, the doctor is using you as a guinea pig.”

36. “Don’t die too early, most people die doing their same routine by the age of 25.”

37. “Just go ahead and do your thing no matter what.”

38. “You can involve yourself in local problems. There are all sorts of things that have to be tended to in the world.”

39. “Have lots of people in the house and lots of different kinds of people — young, old, black, white, people from all over the world. People have always energised me.”

40. “Just keep going.”

41. “I attribute my longevity to a great extent to walking, not being in the back of the car strapped down.”

42. “I’ve done almost everything that I know of: Ballet, Tai chi, Yoga… I walked 4 miles a day. I stretched and flexed. I wrote the book.”

43. “I put my health down to whiskey and cigarettes. I only drink when I’m out, but my doctor said I wouldn’t be alive without them. I’m still alive, and I can lift my elbows — it’s great.”

44. “We all remember how, as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules, such as lunchtime and bedtime.”

45. “For breakfast, I drink coffee, a glass of milk, and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy. Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work. Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean meat.”

46. “There is no need ever to retire, but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65.”

47. “When a doctor recommends you take a test or have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure. Contrary to popular belief, doctors can’t cure everyone. So why cause unnecessary pain with surgery? I think music and animal therapy can help more than most doctors imagine.”

48. “To stay healthy always, take the stairs and carry your own stuff. I take two stairs at a time to get my muscles moving.”

49. “My inspiration is Robert Browning’s poem ‘Abt Vogler.’ My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision, but it is there in the distance.”

50. “Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it.”

Want to hear the other 50 pieces of advice from them? I’ll share them in a few days!