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Questions for a centenarian

Sat, Sep 07 2013 12:00 PM Posted By: Jenny Wallis

Have you ever wanted to ask a person who is 102 what she has learned about life?  What kind of knowledge has her many years brought her?

There is so much we learn as the years go on, it seems that as we get older we go through more and more experiences and at the ripe age of 102, we are filled with so much knowledge and wisdom.

Resident Marion Willert, who recently celebrated her 102 birthday at Villa Bonita, has a few bits of knowledge she would like to share with all of us.  “As we all get older and experience life, we go through so much, and always grow from what we go through. But what has become very clear in the past CENTURY is you are always learning.  Experiences give us more wisdom, in every situation.”

 “I wake up at 4 a.m. every morning and do my stretching, then I walk the entire 3rd floor, then the 2nd, then the 1st.  I do this not because I like to wake up early and exert myself, I do this because I know I have to.  My body has supported me for the past 102 years, the least I can do is take care of it.”

“Something people always say to me is how great I look for 102, the truth is, age is in the mind!”

When I ask her if there is anything she wants to share with us, something that we can all take to heart, she replies,

“Being positive is so important.  When it comes down to it, that’s what life is all about.  Complaining, worrying, those are all pointless actions.  They only add negativity to our emotions and end up making us upset. For what? Just be happy and be positive, it’s all going to work out in the end anyway.  The rest are just fillers.  Life is not so much about getting what you want when you want it, it’s about appreciating what you have when you have it!  And it always turns out for the best, always, so don’t bother trying to create something that isn’t there.”

If you have questions about senior care or helping an elderly loved one, contact Jenny Wallis, Community Marketing Director at Villa Bonita Senior Living at 619-739-4400 or by e-mail at villabonitamkg2@islllc.com.   Villa Bonita Senior Living is an Assisted Living Community licensed by the California Department of Social Services, located at 3434 Bonita Road, Chula Vista, CA  91910.  You can also visit Villa Bonita online at www.villabonitaseniorliving.com.


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