Living to 110 and Being Energized with ‘Joy of Life’

 Jane Gray Shows How To Stay Young With Energy While Growing Older

 I read in the newspaper about an amazing woman from Sydney who is turning 110 years young and is thought to be the oldest independently living person in Australia.

Jane seems to have the recipe for a long and fulfilling life. Some of the things I discovered from reading about her were:

  • She had a  happy marriage of 60 years, having migrated to Australia from Scotland with her husband in 1927.
  • She is appreciated and loved by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who shared in her birthday celebration. Some came from as far away as Scotland.
  • She contributes to others by knitting teddy bears for Legacy and hospital patients

“I don’t drink booze and I don’t smoke,” she said. “I remember being young inScotland, going to balls and dances and meeting my husband. My favourite memory was when my babies came to me.”

Sense of Humour

Jane also has a good sense of humour –  in one article she was quoted as having said she’d ‘do the highland fling if it wasn’t so cold and her legs could keep up’. Imagine still wanting to do the Highland Fling at 110 years old.

 Jane’s photo reflects her years, and I’m sure she had her fair share of challenges and struggle, but also reflects her indomitable spirit and joy of life. She is to be congratulated on creating a long and happy life. She has seen six monarchs on the British throne  and has received more than one official letter from the Queen.

How sad it is that living beyond 100 is the exception rather than the norm, and that in later years many don’t have the quality of life they deserve.

Independent Living

You may have noticed in the text above the words ‘independently living’. This means Jane doesn’t live in an institution, hospital or nursing home. She still lives with her family. I believe this is one of the keys to her longevity.

Joyce Skinner Poetry Book - 'Oh Gawd, I'm 80'

Joyce Skinner Poetry Book - 'Oh Gawd, I'm 80'

Joyce Skinner, 80+ years young

I know another lady who seems to have found the key to feeling young at an advanced age. This is Joyce Skinner, and I had the privilege of helping her publish  her poetry book called ‘Oh Gawd, I’m Eighty’. Her poems are outrageous and funny, and within a few weeks of getting it printed she sold more than 100 books.  Others want to read her poetry because it makes them laugh, and so keeps them feeling younger too. Laughter is one of the keys to youth. 

Joyce has been married to Mac for more than 60 years. She doesn’t try to look younger than her years, as you can see by the cover of her book, she is just herself, and her ‘energized age’ is young.  She might easily reach 100 or more the way she is going.

A Determination to Feel Young While Growing Older

I believe it is possible to feel young while growing older and most of it comes from a determination to do so.  The body has the ability to heal itself, and no matter how much doctors and scientists try to prove to us that certain illnesses and ailments are incurable there is evidence every day of incurable conditions being cured. And I mean really cured, not just the ‘remission’ that we are told is the acceptable term.

Life Expectancy Vs Quality of Life

The power of the mind over the body is incredible. Life expectancy  in Australia is on the increase, and reached 81.5 years in 2009. 
The Sad News

However, at the same time, in 2001 the figures showed that drug induced deaths, both from suicide and accidental overdose, increased after the age of 75. I hate to put a negative slant on my post, because I like to be uplifting and energizing, but I have to say that the number of drugs prescribed for people over the age of 50 or 60 is on the increase. The slightest blip in bone density, cholesterol levels, blood pressure etc has doctors running to their drug list, and as soon as the person is on one medication it quickly leads to another and another and another to counteract side effects.

 ‘Because of the pharmacological interactions between different drugs, using a mixture of drugs is more likely to result in adverse health effects, including death, than use of a single type of drug. For example, alcohol increases the effects of some drugs, and was present in 18% of accidental drug-induced deaths as a contributing factor, rather than as the drug that ultimately caused the death.’  ABS Report 

Don Tolman (the whole food man – dontolman.com) says there are no such things as ‘side effects’, only ‘effects’.  In other words all medications have their effect on the body.   He advocates eating whole raw foods as much as possible to keep the body in balance, healthy and fit (young). His ‘Farmacist’s Desk Reference’ gives a comprehensive explanation of the magical effects produced by the nutrients naturally found in whole raw foods.

The Good News

So, if you want to live to 110 and still have that all important quality of life like Jane Gray, look to natural ways to nourish and look after your body, as you do your mind, and most of all keep your sense of humou, and remember, life is really not that serious.

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Live with Energy
Joan
Visit:  http://www.confidenceiskey.com/ to find out about my latest book, ‘Confidence Is Key’  or http://www.theenergybook.com

Do you know who you really are? – Being Confident and Energized Comes With Being Yourself

Do you know who you are?

In order to be energized every day and to have confidence and self assurance you need to have some inkling about who you are.  A lady I know recently revealed that she had left her seemingly happy marriage because she didn’t know who she was.

This is an uncomfortable position to be in because it means you are buffeted by the stream – always pushed this way or that because of others’ opinions.

To give you a small example of being influenced by others …

Joan Small Photos Collage

My various hairstyles

I have always coloured my hair, and worn it in different styles, short, mid length or long, and when it is long I sometimes tie it up.  My friends and others often comment on which style they prefer. Some will say, ‘I like your hair short’, others like it darker or fairer, and some prefer it long or tied back.

At times I have styled me hair to suit the person whose favourable opinion I most want at that time. However, I have now come to realise that it is impossible and downright silly to change my hair style because of what others say. I should be choosing for me – what I think suits me best, and varying the way I wear my hair depending on who I am and how I feel.

Can you see how this translates into larger things?

If we allow ourselves to put our own instincts and preferences after everybody elses; if we are always trying to please others and be how they want us to be we just lose ourselves. We end up not knowing who we really are.

Perhaps you have experienced times in your life when you felt you were not really yourself. This is what happened to me.

A Young Wife and Mother

Joan Small with Raymond and Robin

Young Wife and Mother

When children come along they bring out the best, and sometimes the worst, in us. I had grown up around a dominant father who was bossy, irritable and sometimes angry. My mother was the opposite, gentle, easily upset and sympathetic. So when I had my own children stressful situations caused me sometimes to become  irritable and angry, and at other times to dissolve into tears.

I am happy to say that most of the time I was even tempered, patient and loving. However, when these moods came upon me I felt that I was ‘not myself’. I had turned into someone else, and I didn’t understand what was happening and making me behave this way.

Awareness Allows Change

In one of my sortees into personal development I discovered that these mood shifts are because of taking on the personality of another person. In my case my mother or father. Once I became aware of this I could ‘catch myself out’ when I was going into these valances that were not the real me. As I took measures to handle stress in different and more positive ways, I became more of myself and a much easier person to live with.

Can you relate to this?

I have done a lot of personal development work over the years, and it has helped me to recognise that the real me is the best person to be. I know and like myself now, and this has helped me to gain the confidence I have in all situations.

It is also wonderfully energizing to know I am my own person and can choose for myself.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with becoming more of the real you.

Joan Small Being Yourself

Being Yourself - Click on the Link at the right ->

 Beautiful Thoughts to Help You Become More of Yourself – Click Here 

This powerpoint presentation is well worth a few moments of your time.  The suggestions are energizing and uplifting, the images absolutely beautiful and the music easy to listen to.  Pass it on to others when you have watched and listened to it, and help to make their day or their life.

 PS: If you want to ‘vote’ on which look you prefer in the above photos I will be interested in your opinion. (Not that I will allow it to over-ride my own preferences, of course.)

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Live with Energy
Joan
Visit:  http://www.confidenceiskey.com/ to find out about my latest book, ‘Confidence Is Key’  or http://www.theenergybook.com