Today, November 5, 2017 we watched an inspirational YouTube video, “109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life Will Make You Smile”. It demonstrates many of the core personality characteristics of centenarians, and how we can remain positive and be a blessing to others… if we decide that we want to. It also demonstrates the gift of unusual and incredible genes.
Born May 11, 1906 Mr. Overton was the oldest US War veteran still living when this video was made, at age 109. He had just renewed his driver’s license (so he can drive his pickup truck), smokes several cigars a day, drinks a little whiskey, and really likes soup. Today, he is still living, is 111 years of age, and is the oldest living man in the United States.
He shares some of his secrets for living a long life in this video. They are very simple and very positive suggestions, and he says “that if you don’t follow them then that is your problem”. He also says that anyone can “follow the Overton diet” so that they, too, can live to be an older age. About smoking the cigars… his secret is to not inhale the smoke. This, he refers to, as the “healthy” way to smoke cigars.
He attends church regularly and he and his friend, a woman 18 years his junior, visit the elderly at nursing homes in the area. Regardless of his genes, he demonstrates how we can still remain a blessing to others even at an advanced age… if we want to. He says that he “might give out, but will never give up.”
Here is the link to the video.