If I Live To Be 100

Every once in a while, we come across something that takes our breath away.  If I Live To Be 100 does that.  Paul Mobley's compilation of centenarians is sweet and powerful.  It is a beautiful coffee table book full of portraits and deeply moving stories of those among us who have been blessed with the longest of lives.  If asked if we want to live to be 100, I imagine most of us would have certain conditions to being in this world for that long - relatively good health, a mind that's still sharp and loved ones surrounding us.  But the most important thing would be a life worth looking back on with as few regrets as possible.  And that part depends solely on how we choose to live today.

There's a pretty famous/anonymous quote out there by an 80 year old who answered the question of how to live life without regrets (days before she died) like this:  “I think the best thing to do is just constantly imagine yourself being 80, sitting in a rocking chair and looking back on your life. Think about all the opportunities you’re presented with every day and ask yourself ‘Would my 80 year old self be happy with this?’ Like, say your dad wakes you up at 8 in the morning and asks if you want to go out for breakfast. Right now, as a teenager, you’d probably just roll over in your bed and refuse, because you’re ‘too tired’ or 'can’t be bothered.’ But as an 80 year old looking back, you would jump out of bed and go and have that breakfast without any second thought. It’s just the little things, you know.” 

So live the story you want to tell.  

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BooksLisa McHugh