I asked a 100-year-old man once what his secret to longevity was (because I truly wanted know and I was a curious 20 something), I can still see that big smile on his face and I can still hear that chuckle and for a slightly moment he looked at the ceiling, gazed at the floor, then he turned and looked into my eyes, I was like here it is, here we go! I still remember the feeling of waiting with great anticipation. I remember my mind conjuring up images of what he would say, would he tell me, eating less is more, take walks, the list went on in my mind. I was ready for these words of wisdom, I can still feel the smile on my face growing and my ears wide open and my mind ready to absorb this amazing gift from someone so old and wise. Then he turned and looked at me and blurted out these words, (at this moment I knew, I was probably the 1st person to ask him this or the 100th), I was like a kid waiting to ride an amusement park ride and you know that feeling you get when it’s your turn to board the ride and you’re all strapped in and the ride begins to moves slowly. I see his face, and his mouth begins to open and he says to me “Wake Up, Get Up and Do Your Thing!” At that moment my jaw dropped and my eyes got big, and the smile left my face. I’ll be honest, it threw me off!
I was, like is that it??? No long walks, eat more veggies, Etc., he laughed so hard, it was contagious, I started laughing. I was awed by what he spoke to me that day. He handed me back my new born son (he was Greatgrandpa, Susi’s grandfather), gave me a big smile, he shook his head up and down as to say yes, then he got up went about his day. I sat there watching him walk away and towards the kitchen, his 6 foot plus frame moving at a slow pace. I couldn’t help but wonder about all the things he did in his life and the adventures he must have had, all the people and place he must have visited.
Those words got burned into my mind that day, a power gift! I’m very grateful and I’m glad I asked.
“Wake Up, Get Up and Do Your Thing!” — Rollo Best