After searching for 40 years I found my mother 3 days before her hundredth birthday. She was an incredibly awesome person who could not have been dreamed up in anyone’s wildest imagination. She was an artist and a free spirit and she lived until she was almost 104 years old.
I was so fortunate to be able to spend the last year of her life living with her in her home in Dublin.
She was a highly intelligent woman whose main ambition – yes she still had ambitions at 103 years young – was to be more famous than Einstein. I learnt many lessons from her in that short time – lessons which changed my life and my mindset in many ways. Here are some of them
Treat Your Body Like An Engine. This was a lady who walked her talk – when I first met her she had just walked up and down her garden 10 times and taken 200 deep breaths – this was her daily routine.
Her next door neighbour told me that in her eighties she was riding her exercise bicycle and skipping in the back garden on a daily basis. The first gift that she gave me was her exercise bike. The second one was a Christmas card in which she wrote “to my darling daughter”. I was deeply touched as this was the first Christmas card I had ever received from my mother. I came back down to earth when I saw the back of the card where she had written “Don’t forget to lose the fat”
When she was 102 years old she had an appointment for a check up at the local hospital. I went with her and the doctor asked what medication or pills she was taking and I told her – none. The doctor was flabbergasted to hear that my dear mother didn’t even take an aspirin.