If you have ever wondered what the keys are to living a long life, let me share this story with you.
I recently traveled to North Carolina to spend a few days with my mother-in-law for her 90th birthday.
I know some women would prefer not to spend time with their husband's mother. All I can say is that I'm sorry they don't have a woman like this in their lives.
She had five children (all boys) after she was told she would not have any. One of her sons died when he was in his early twenties. This woman survived colon cancer before we had the advances we have now. She was married to the same man for 62 years.
A few years after she lost the love of her life, she moved from the small town she had lived in for most of her life down to North Carolina to live near my husband's oldest brother and his wife.
Can you imagine? She left all her friends. So many great memories were in that house.
That is love!
So, I decided to ask her to tell me her top five tips for how she does it. I hope you enjoy her answers. I think we can all learn from them.
6 Keys to Living a Long Life
Faith in God
Being able to turn things over to God. I don't know how people can handle life if they can't give their problems to God.
Outlook on life.
I have a very positive outlook on life.
I walk 3 miles almost every day.
Eat Healthy Foods
From Mom Mom: I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and fish, and very few processed foods, and very few frozen foods. I also take vitamin E, D (with red yeast rice) and Tums! My doctor said they are a good source of calcium. (I can tell you that she usually has a glass of white wine with dinner, as well as a martini when she feels like it.)
Sense of humor
I laugh at myself! Oh, the things I do! If you can't laugh about it you would just worry about it.
Get a dog!
My dog keeps my spirits up. If I feel down, she knows it.
Mom said not to forget family and friends. She has my husband's oldest brother and his wife right around the corner. They have been there for her anytime she needed anything, and what a blessing they are.
She also has Terry, a close friend who she met when she moved to NC. Terry also lost her husband a few years ago. Both men are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Mom says Terry was sent by God to her. I believe it.
Mom doesn't get online. That's one of the things we just can't get her to try! Maybe my brother-in-law will show this to her.
Mom Mom, if you are reading this, I just want you to know, you totally ROCK! I love you!