To me, and to many people my age and condition, I did nothing special to reach the age and physical and mental condition I’m in.

I do as much exercise as my body allows me to.

Perhaps it’s what I didn’t do and don’t do.

-I don’t drink wine or liquor.

-Surprising to many is that I don’t drink much water. Most of the liquids I drink are part of my meals.

-I am not a big eater. I have a good appetite for breakfast, my favorite meal, but a little fills me up. Some people live to eat, I eat to live.

How long I will keep going is anybody’s guess.

As long as I am free of pain, as long as I can hear (albeit with hearing aids) as long as I maintain my sense of taste and my sense of humor, as long as I can see, I want to keep going.

My lifelong sense of curiosity to find out what is around the corner.

I want to keep going.

If I had a wish that could come true, I would want Betty beside me.

I know that is not possible.

I’ve had a good life, a wonderful wife, two kids I respect and admire.

I’m not complaining.

I can only wish everyone was, and is, as lucky as I am and have been.

Good luck to you


(July 25, 2022)

Author: Morrie Markoff

Centenarian (born in 1914) who lives in Los Angeles, and is also a metal sculpture artist and the Author of "Keep Breathing," available on and other book seller sites.