The oldest woman I know turns 107 this week. Her name is Leannette, and she was a mere 106 when I met her two weeks ago at the Watermark, a Connecticut retirement community where I was giving a talk.
(In the photo above, which was taken that day, Leanette is the one sitting in the foreground.)
Although her teeth give her trouble and she’s hard of hearing, Leanette still knits, still gets around on her own two feet, and is still an active member of the Watermark.
What most impressed me about Leannette, though, is how forward thinking she is. When I asked the 50 or so women in the room to take 30 seconds to jot down as many things as they could think of that they'd still love to do in their lives, Leanette had the longest list.
I always say that dreaming is a wellness issue, and this women validates that. Just as eating well and exercising keep us healthy, so too do our dreams and goals. They not only give us hope, but energize us to get out of bed in the morning.
No easy feat when you’re 107!
P.S. Whatever your age, designing a life for yourself is the quintessential creative act. If you've got 20 minutes to spare--especially if you're a writer or writer wannabe--I recommend that you watch this video of Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, speaking about creativity at a recent TED conference: