OPINION: Thirst for life inspiring

DON'T smoke, don't drink and don't date naughty men.

According to 98-year-old great-great-grandmother Hilda Pearson, these are the keys to longevity.

And while she didn't say it out loud during our conversation on her birthday last Friday, I got the feeling that it may also stem from her sense of humour and a thirst for life that can't be quenched.

Hilda Pearson celebrates her 98th birthday in style

Riding on a Harley Davidson and jumping out of a plane are two things some people can never see themselves doing, let alone in their nineties, and at many points in our conversation she told me how lucky she felt to still be able to look after herself and lead a full life.

Knowing how grateful she is for her longevity and good health is truly inspiring, and for me, her positive attitude also drives home the amount of potential a single day, year or decade can hold.

Every day we have the opportunity to do something that makes us truly happy, and I will endeavour to do more to make that happen.

Happy birthday Hilda and thank you for being such an inspiration. I can't wait to see what you do for your 100th birthday.

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