In less than seven weeks I’m turning 65. Aging has never held much terror for me, probably because my mother was comfortable with her own. I have a hunch she would have kept her gray hair, as I have, had she not been persuaded by certain family members to youthify her follicles.
My mother’s age never seemed much of an issue to me since she was always an interesting conversationalist. Had we met outside of our family connection, we would have connected on so many levels that I think we’d have become good friends.
When I was living in Oakland, California, I spent a lot of time with two women I thought of as my decade friends. One was a decade older than I. The other was three decades older. The difference in age was irrelevant. What counted was that both were creative, lively, and interesting.
So to me what’s interesting about Octavio Orduno is not just that he was 102 when the Los Angeles Times featured him in a March 14, 2011, video. What delights me is that he didn’t switch to a tricycle until he was 100.
Even better, the retired aerospace mechanic still has strong opinions and a good sense of humour. His advice for longevity: a good diet, an hour of exercise a day, and some handstands, somersaults, and running.
True, aging has its downsides, but being on this amazing planet is no less delicious for me now than when I was new to it.