“May you live long and be prosperous,” pray everyone in almost every occasion. Yeah, people love to assume that being able to live long is equal to good luck. Is living long actually the case of luck?
In Bolivia, there used to live a man who was believed to be almost 124 years old when he died in June 2014 (he was born in July 1890). The name was Carmelo Flores Laura. “I walk a lot, that’s all. I go out with the animals. I don’t eat noodles or rice, only barley. I used to grow potatoes, beans, oca.”
Somewhere else in France, Jeanne Calment lived until 122 years of her age. At the age of 21, she married a rich husband and thereafter spent her days in active life, including fencing, cycling, tennis, swimming, rollerskating, playing music, hunting, and all other things she might have forgotten to mention to the public. Because of her husband’s wealth, she never had to work.
Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman, was admitted by Guiness World Records as the oldest person alive until April 2015. When asked about the secret of her long period of living, Misao honestly answered, “I wonder about that too.” She was also known to be a fan of eating delicious Japanese indulgence: ramen noodles, beef stew, hashed beef, and rice.
1st person: no carbs
2nd person: no work
3rd person: no idea
Now it seems that we can’t really draw a conclusion on what the true cause of living a bit longer is.
People and science have proved that there are many factors prior to an enduring health. Don’t smoke. Don’t do drugs & alcohol. Don’t miss your important exercises. Don’t forget your greens. Don’t eat these, don’t eat those. You can anyway find those rules scattered around the internet and between people’s conversations every day all around the world (beware of the misleading ones).
Well, science is bound to be true. But, we have to realize that many other things are not yet to be measured. Happiness, for instance.
Carmelo lived a happy, peaceful, live above the mountain. Jeanne lived a hell of fancy lifestyle. Misao, is a perfect example of Japanese Ikigai philosophy practitioner. From those 3 remarkable long-living persons, we might see that they actually do something that might have contributed to their long ages—whether it has connection with the food, the activity, or the inner happiness. After all, let’s just say that: to live long is an outcome of choices…and the acts that follow.
Don’t forget to live to the fullest.
Make your years count.