Date Archives June 2014

How To Live to 103

Every few months I go visit my dear friend Ruth Kobin to see what she’s been up to. As I entered her apartment last week, she rolled out her exercise and greeted me with a big hug. After a quick lunch we got down to business. We played an hour’s worth of Bananagrams and Ruth beat me every time. I asked Ruth what motivates her to stay so strong and she replied that she loves her life and her family. Check out some of her inspiring words below:

I have been active my whole life and I’m not going to stop now. I have to live up to the expectations of my daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters.They say I am their role model.I don’t
always feel like a role model, but I try and not let a day go by without doing something. On a good day I do 40 minutes, bad days 10. But i do something everyday even if I don’t feel like it. I roll out the mat and incorporate Pilates with some physical therapy. The only thing I miss out being this old is going to the ballet and theater all alone. It’s too hard to get a taxi when the crowds let out.

The Joy of Color

I met Joy at a street fair in Lincoln Center dressed in the most wonderful colors. We stopped to talk for a moment about style and its affect on the people around us. Joy shared with me the following words:

My late husband grew to get my style although did ask why he never saw
anyone else who dressed like me.  I told him it was because I was so
unique. Being a widow now for more years than seems possible, I have
wondered if my manner of dress puts a lot of people off.  I might like to
meet someone, but will not change anything about myself to make it
happen.  It’s like breathing, in my world.  I couldn’t live without it.