How old can you get? Sweden's oldest person, Astrid Zachrison, died in 2008 at the age of 113. The oldest living Swedish person today, Flarid Lagerlund, is 111 years old and almost 5 months old. The oldest men have been in a relationship, but the oldest women seem to have lived as singles. I don't know what's causing it, but it's an interesting observation.
All my life I've been thinking I'm not going to be a day over 60, it could still happen, five years to go. My life's thoughts have always been based on what it has been like in my family in the past. Four generations back, men have stepped off physical life between the ages of 40 and 60. That means it's between me and my brother. My brother's past 60. hmm... But I'm not done yet.
Besides, there's no common thread as to why my ancestors died early. Sometimes it's been the heart, one drank himself to death, he was a restaurateur. I have been a restaurateur in my previous life and yes even some now also 😊, but the alcohol did not take me and will never take me, even though I love the wine. My father, who at the age of 50 was snatched away far too early when I was only 15, due to cancer. Cruel, cruel disease. Fuck cancer.
All these years I've been telling myself it's going to be my brother or me folding in the hooves before 60 and now he's crossed this line. But what the... I'm going to turn my whole mindset around, I'm going to be 120 years old. But what does it mean, no idea, how am I going to solve it, no idea, but I will.
Now it is a matter of understanding from my own life, my own body, my own brain what this can mean. How am I supposed to solve it? I will try, as I have always done in my life so far, to listen to my own desires, desires, desires and drive. What do I think I should do to be 120 years old?
Some things landed pretty quickly, like:
- Get moving, exercise both your body and your strength. But not too hard, or your body will wear out. I'm not going to run a lot of long races, I'm not going to break any records. I should move so that my heart and muscles work. It's all about moderation, and only you can find your own moderation.
- Eat. "You should eat or you'll die" It was written on our fridge door when I was young and it's true. Food is important, and I'm thinking colourful food, lots of green, vegetarian as a base. Of course I will eat meat but much smaller portions, that goes for all food. You don't need as much food as you think, I'm not a woodcutter, farmer or Viking. We are not made to eat so much, but it takes time for the body to get used to smaller amounts and larger intakes of vegetables if you have always eaten a lot and often perhaps with a large base of meat.
- You have to have something meaningful to do, something you're interested in, something that moves you forward every day. Some may want to continue working, so do it, or take up their biggest hobby of all, but do it then. Above all, I'm not going to sit down and wait for something, I'm going to make sure I'm active. Nothing will come automatically, there has to be a will.
- Be positive, maybe not the easiest thing, ask me, 😊 but a hugely important part of getting old in my opinion. Say YES, not NO. Turn a bad thought into a good thought. If it's cold in the water don't say ouch and fy, say fyphase what cold, this I must try. Not everyone can love everyone, but everyone always has something interesting in them, I'll find it in every person. Find the positive in every person, thought, event.
- And perhaps most importantly, I'll be interacting with people physically. Socializing is one of the most important and strongest nerves in human life. Sure, it's super nice to be able to close the door and escape from all the people sometimes and you absolutely have to be able to do that, but spending time with people, loving with people, talking with people gives you such tremendous energy and it will act as a catapult long into old age. It will enrich life, awesome.
It was my own scientific list, and I am absolutely convinced that it is not true, at least not on you. You have to understand for yourself what makes you strong, energetic and happy, it's your own promise to yourself, remember that. No damn "find yourself" books in the world can make you happy, just your own head, heart and desire. Trust your own feelings and thoughts, it is by far the most important tool you have in your life.
Will this succeed now, as I am only a few years away from turning 60. Will I make it? I have no idea, but I am already noticing things happening as I have started to shift my thoughts to being 120. Already after a short period, the horizon lifted past those 60 years and excitement towards old age began. I have always felt very bad about getting old, how the body slowly bit by bit breaks down, memory cracks and just getting up in the morning with a slightly stiffer body becomes more and more of a reality. But the thought of a longer life has made all this easier. Can it be so easy to fool the body by changing its mindset? Well maybe, for me it feels better. Is it the trick of always having something positive to look forward to that's the thing. Well, I don't know, but the way I feel right now and the way my world view has become more positive, I'm going to keep it that way.
But never forget to be yourself, because that's the most important thing you have, never behave, never try to think you're someone else. You are the most important piece of the puzzle in your life, strengthen it and fill it up, then damn it.
And now I haven't even lived half my life. 55 years, 65 years to go. Ojojojoj 😊