Meet John Ellis: The Age Defying Power of John Ellis Water

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Age is More: Meet John Ellis’ by Cogir Senior Living Canada

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102-year-old Alfred John Ellis, living independently, shares insights on enjoying life with humor, love, and laughter, luck aiding his survival, and advises young people.

Key Insights

  • The speaker's name is Alfred John Ellis and he is 102 years old.
  • He emphasizes that he lives independently and has a pleasant life.
  • He believes in staying away from Alzheimer's and dementia by keeping busy.
  • He has published a booklet called "Life, Love, and Laughter" which provides insights on how to navigate life.
  • The speaker suggests that to enjoy life, one should have humor, love, and laughter while not worrying about things they can't control.
  • He acknowledges that he has experienced several situations where he could have been killed, crediting good luck for his survival.
  • The speaker mentions that his father dissuaded him from joining the Air Force during World War II, which potentially saved his life.
  • He compares the world to a big beach where people are like pebbles of sand, living, working, and eventually dying.
  • The speaker advises young people to not take themselves too seriously but to take their life's work seriously.
  • He ends with a heartfelt message about his appreciation for a special person and says goodbye in different languages.

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“My name is Alfred John Ellis, and I’m in my 102nd year. My next birthday is 102, and I’m living independently and have been for years, having a very pleasant life. I look after my own business affairs and so forth, and I keep busy staying away from Alzheimer’s and dementia, and so forth.

I’ve just today, as of today, published this booklet called Life, Love, and Laughter by A. John Ellis, and it tells you all sorts of things about how you should get along in life. I think to enjoy life, you should have a lot of humor in your life, a lot of love, a lot of laughter, and don’t worry about things that you can’t do anything about. Concentrate on the things that you can do and do happily.

I shouldn’t be alive today, and I think there’s been a great deal of accidental situations where I should have been killed, and in the book, if you want to spend some time, I’ll tell you what I said about it here. I must admit that good luck has played a major role in my life.

For instance, having been a flying member of the Montreal Light Airplane Club, I was accepted for flying training in September 1939. That’s when the second war broke out. I was delighted and excited with the prospect and all set to go, but my father intervened, contending that the war would last only six months, and I would probably be killed, and nobody would thank me. Now, if I had gone into the Air Force, chances are I would have been dead because during the Battle of Britain, fighter pilots lasted only 17 hours flying time, and I would have been one of them to be wiped out, so I say thank you dad.

I like to compare the world to a great big beach, and we’re all a pebble of sand on that beach. The way the world works is that you’re born, you’re educated, you take on work of some sort, and you die, and that goes round and round forever. Sometimes people do something special, and their name lives on much longer.

But what I say to the young people who ask me how you got to that age, I say, first of all, don’t take yourself too seriously, but take what you’re doing in life very seriously. You were meant for me. I was meant for you. Nature fashioned you, and when she was done, you were all the sweet things rolled into one. You’re like a plate of melody that never sets me free, but I’m content. The angels must have sent you, but they meant you just for me. Au revoir. Merci beaucoup. Goodbye. Hello.”

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Age is More: Meet John Ellis’ by Cogir Senior Living Canada