Earlier this year I attended a Chinese New Year event with my parents. Asian families (mostly Chinese speaking) from all over Perth who are involved with the Chung Wah Association were invited.
There were plenty of activities, displays and demonstrations throughout the day to keep us all entertained celebrating the year of the dog, and even the traditional Chinese New Year tossing of the salmon salad too to start off our day of celebratory feasting. Which I love!!
But then again who doesn’t love to feast 🙂
And, this is what the salad looked like before the communal toss with chopsticks (it gets very messy as you can see from the photo above).
Pretty neat huh?! I enjoy tradition.
Celebating over 100 years of Happy Living
My favourite part of the day was when we paid our respects to the centennials in the room. I was absolutely astounded that all of the them didn’t appear “old” I mean really old and frail.
I couldn’t help but stare at them wondering what they looked liked in their younger years, as a teenager and young adult, wondering what their life was like and where they lived and grew up.
All too often old people are invisible to us, we don’t pay much attention to them and yet they have so much wisdom and definitely life experiences to share, and only a few of us take the time to listen, connect and learn. It’s such a shame.
Being only 102 years young, Nancy was invited to share with us her longevity secrets.
Independence and confidence to do things on your own. Don’t always be dependent upon others but be careful and cautious.
Exercise…keep active, physically and mentally. Play card games, board games, mah jong, keep your body moving, do a little cleaning or a bit of gardening. Don’t sit and just watch TV it’s not healthy.
Make sure you have a social life and be active in your community, connect with people daily. Choose to be happy, focus on the happy things in life not the bad, sad or negative, have happy thoughts and let the negative wash away.
And it’s really that simple!
It’s principles we already know and have heard many times before but somehow when someone who has lived this long and is still living, it gives it more meaning and weight. Maybe because they are actual living proof! 🙂
Having spent a good part of 4 years looking after my elderly parents, taking them out and creating memories, taking care of their health and household matters, I have paid more attention to what really matters in life and what keeps a person going. And it’s those three key life principles from Nancy that keeps us healthy, happy and living long and strong.
Wishing you a Happy Healthy Life!