If even the idea of living long enough to celebrate your hundredth birthday sounds amazing, wait till you see how these fifteen centenarians celebrated their birthdays and what they did on that special day. You got to admire their spirits. Just imagine having so many years and still having enough energy for stuff like boxing, paragliding or riding Harley. These people make me feel bad about myself when I see how much vigor they have and how active they are. But, before you jump to a conclusion that sport and staying fit is the secret of these people's longevity, take a closer look to this list.
For her 100th birthday, Muriel Woolner fulfilled her life long dream of riding a Harley. âI've always wanted a go on a Harley. I used to love skate boarding. I asked my friend for one so she bought me one. I did it for about two years.
Winnie Langley had been smoking since she was 7 years old. âI have smoked ever since infant school and I have never thought about quitting.â She lit up with the help of her birthday cake candles.
Nina Jackson celebrated her 100th birthday by going for a swim. She swims 3-4 times a week. âI go walking every day, I read a lot and do as many crosswords as I can.â
Clare Hall plays golf 2 times a week, so it made sense that she spent her 100th on the golf course. âHer golf is her life and keeps her going. It's the fact that she enjoys all the company and friends at the club.â
Henry Frydman celebrated his 100th birthday with his body building friends. He works out 6 days a week. Frydman says his secret to a long life is âactivity and fitness.â
Arthur Winston, an LA bus driver, retired on his 100th. In his entire career Winston had only missed one day of work in 1988 when his wife passed away. âI'm kind of nervous about leaving the job. I've been doing it for so long,â Winston said. âI'm going to miss my crew. But I'll find plenty of things to do with my free time.â
Peggy Alpine celebrated her 100th birthday by paragliding. âIt was the most wonderful, pleasant experience and I'm ready to do it again anytime.â She credits her long life to âexcitement.â It keeps her young.
At 90, Alec Holden placed a 100 pound bet that he would make it to 100. Well, he did, and won 25,000 pounds. âYou must have porridge for breakfast, that's essential. You don't worry about anything and do as little work as possible. You go on as many holidays as you can.
Peggy Griffith celebrated her 100th birthday with lots of chocolate. She'd been eating 30 candy bars a week for over a decade. Her daughter said, âWhen mum was a little girl, her mother told her that sweets were bad for you but chocolate was good.â
Emily Law celebrated her 100th with the conga! Her daughter said, âMumâs had a colourful life and always liked dancing. She still comes to the pub with me. I think sheâs a partygirl at heart.â
John Persinger of Iowa celebrated his 100th birthday with wings and women at Hooters. âI don't know how I did it. Good living, I guess. A lot of good food. Steaks, fried potatoes.â
Arthur Gidden celebrated his 100th by reprising his job as bat boy for the Red Sox. He was bat boy for the Boston Braves in 1922. He said, âI'm going to do whatever they tell me to do, like any good bat boy.â
Jack Priestly from the UK had smoked over 153,000 cigars and more than 700,000 cigarettes by the time he hit 100. He still smokes 10 cigars a day!! Jack secret is whiskey. He's been taking a shot of whiskey before breakfast for 76 years. âA shot of whisky before I shower or have breakfast is the best advice anyone ever gave me.â
Now, after going through this list of amazing people celebrating their hundredth birthdays, you see that it's not all about living healthy and working out. Some do that as well, while others are smokers and heavy drinkers and there are even people who eat at McDonald's on daily basis or over thirty chocolate bars per week. I guess the bottom line is that you should live your life the way it suits you best and do things that make you feel good about yourself. Let's learn something from these wise people - relax a bit and enjoy the ride. source