Living 100:100, at 100% for 100 years or more isn’t about perfection. People who live long, healthy lives often have created their health, strength, and endurance through being tested. When life gives them lemons, they make lemonade. They learn that out of barren land, a flower can grow. In the case of Lillian Schilling, despite a dry and barren start in life, she has blossomed in so many ways.
At The 100 Year Lifestyle we have a few beliefs that speak directly to health, strength, and endurance. Longevity and health are your birthright. Aging not as a burden, but as an opportunity. The rest of your life can be the best of your life. Reading about Lillian, it appears she feels the same way.
Lillian Schilling ran the Bolder Boulder at the age of 90.
She lost both her big toenails in that race, due to what she describes as a poor choice in tennis shoes. But Lillian Schilling made it to the 10k finish line with the best time for her age group.
When a person lives through the Dust Bowl, Great Depression and survives on a homestead surrounded by barren land in southeastern Colorado, losing a few toenails isn’t much by comparison.
Throughout her 99 years, Lillian Schilling has endured. She’s gone on to become a world traveler, mother of three, Longmont business owner, OUR Center volunteer, senior Olympics gold medal winner in shuffleboard in Mesa, Ariz., life-long dancer, grandma, great-grandma and “pretty good” seamstress.
You’ll want to keep reading…