Edwina Elbert, 94, on the adventure of aging:
People have to learn to be thankful. To see the wonders of this world – you know, we are here for such a short time. I didn’t realize I was old until I was ninety years old. There’s still so much to see and so much to read, and so much to learn. We should be thankful that we’ve had this opportunity to live. It’s strange about this…the way that it’s all set up so that we only have a certain length of time. But we’re lucky. Aren’t we lucky to have seen the Empire State building and all of this stuff?
My advice about growing old? I’d tell them to find the magic. The world is a magical place in lots of ways. To enjoy getting up in the morning and watching the sun come up. And that’s something that you can do when you are growing older. You can be grateful, happy for the things that have happened. You should enjoy your life. Grow a little.
Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean that you need to stop growing. I used to think that when you got old you sat back in a rocking chair and let the world go by. Well that’s not for me and that’s not for a lot of people. I can’t dance anymore, but if I could I would.
There’s no reason for anybody in this world to ever be bored. That’s one thing I’ve always said. Well if I died and went to heaven, I’d be bored to death with how they say heaven is. There’s no need for you to be bored in this world. There’s so much out there. And your attitude, be optimistic. I’ve been optimistic all my life. Even as a little girl I can remember that no matter what happened it would turn out all right. In this country almost everybody is taking antidepressants. Why in the world are people taking antidepressants? It should be a wonderful world. Mine has been a great ride, believe me.