Last month, a dear friend of mine shared a special birthday post on Facebook about her Grandmother. Her post read “My wonderful Gram Jay is 105 today – I think this article does an amazing job of summing up how lucky my family is to have her as a role model.” At first, I was in awe of the amazing and yet simple fact that she was turning 105, but by the time I finished reading the article “After 105 years, a life full of adventures — and perspective” I was inspired by her attitude, accomplishments, what she continues to do today and most importantly her quest for adventure!
Written in honor of her incredible milestone, the article tells the story of an amazing woman living life to the fullest and not letting her age get in the way of any new adventures – which includes skydiving! (still very high on her bucket list), because as “Gram Jay” states “What is the worst that can happen? I die?”
After 105 years of living in this world, she has seen the best and the worst of what life has to offer – including two world wars, and two pandemics – and yet she still has the most positive outlook on life that I’ve encountered in a very long time.
In addition to sharing her love of life, family and adventure, she also offered the following tips:
1. Always have a purpose or a project for the day.
2. Think positively.
3. Find something each day to smile or laugh at.
4. Give your opinion but not your advice.
5. Love your memories but don’t wallow in them.
6. Enjoy a good book.
7. Keep your sense of wonder.
8. Be open to learning something new.
9. If something worries or upsets you, deal with it right away.
10. Keep an interest in current affairs.
Gram Jay, I hope you enjoyed your special day and I hope that this year is filled with love, laughter and of course adventure. I can’t wait to hear about what you do next 😊!