Life Lessons for Everyone’s Monday. With Harry. Take II.

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My new favorite celebrity popped back into my life this weekend.

This guy is quite charming and recently, I’ve been learning some life lessons from him.

I first mentioned this stud a few weeks ago as part of an Inspiration Friday’s people who were inspiring me that week.

Harry Rosen is at the top of my list these days and I’m psyched by any update from the media as to his whereabouts.

I’m JUST like any serious fan of a famous band, a Hollywood star or like, Selena Gomez, except my recent celeb crush is a 103 (soon to be 4) – year – old guy named Harry.

The world met Harry Rosen a few weeks ago through the eyes of Corey Kilgannon, the New York Times writer, who was lucky enough to eat a meal with him.

Harry is an incredible dude who, at 103, still gets up every single day in his New York City studio, puts on a suite, and makes his way to the city’s finest restaurants.  He usually dines alone.  And he usually makes friends.

He’s been lonely as of late because his wife, and love, of 70 years passed away.  For this reason, he has begun to date.  And is seriously looking for a companion.

This past week, the famed Alan Richman, a contributor to GQ Magazine (I mean clearly this was in GQ, folks) sat down with Harry for a meal at the famed Eleven Madison Park (for a meager $225 per person pre-fix) to taste some food.  For 4 hours.  But really to talk about life.

And if anyone holds the secrets to what the F is going on with this whole life business, I definitely think its Harry.

And I definitely think this has something to do with the reason famous writers, chefs and the general community, young and old, are obsessing over Harry Rosen.

Some things I’ve learned about life from Harry, to ponder as you start your week:

1)      Sometimes, it is not your list of accomplishments that defines you, but your will and drive.  These things can never be taken from you.

2)      Lying about your age is totally cool.  Regardless of how old you are. (Harry uses it as a tactic to draw attention away from himself.  I’m not 103, just 90.)

3)      Dating is hard.  At any age. (direct quote)

4)      It really, really IS the small things.  A glass of wine.  A bite of good fish.

5)      You are never too old to try new things.  Get out there.  (for Harry it was Oysters last week)

6)      Remember the past.  But live in the moment.

7)      The secret to living a long life = sleeping on your back.  (Anyone care to try this experiment and let me know how it goes?)

8)      Should you be fortunate to receive 15 minutes of fame, and you deserve it, take advantage.

9)      Be nice.  You’ll be surprised how easy it is to bring out the best in people.

10)    Don’t take life too seriously.

11)    Life can be a bitch.  Put on something nice and go eat something.

Harry’s reaction to his dinner?

“I didn’t know life would be so good to me”

Makes me think about all of the simple pleasures I enjoy.

Harry is content with life as it is.  He finds energy to get up every morning, which I imagine is a tougher feat for him than for me.

Time to put on a smile and head out there in anticipation of Awesome.

Happy Monday.

Note: I think it’s kind of cool that Harry and I both immigrated from the Eastern European part of the world.  Although I imagine that his journey to America sometime around 1915 was different than my family’s direct flight.

Note2: Read the article here.  It’ll melt your heart.

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9 thoughts on “Life Lessons for Everyone’s Monday. With Harry. Take II.

  1. Many people have died sleeping on their backs. It can’t work. In fact – avoid bed. So many people die in it. Or wear walking boots in bed. Very few people die in bed wearing walking boots.

      • Glad you like the creative statistics. Yes, it’s OK over here. Just come back from the UK’s foremost poetry festival at Snape Maltings and blogged about it on simonsworlds13.

        This is a piece of analysis your army might be interested in. If you assess the amount of time soldiers are wearing army boots and compare it with the amount of time they’re wearing slippers or flip-flops, and then look at casualty rates, you’ll find that these are far higher proportionately when they’re wearing army boots and lowest when they’re wearing flip-flops. Therefore all soldiers should wear flip-flops all the time.

      • It is! I blogged about it but some people probably missed the blog post because somehow when I edited it just after posting it, it remained a draft rather than updating. I’ve corrected that now.

        The venue is beautiful – both the buildings and the estuary, reedbed setting. Not easy to get to without a car, but I had a car.

        The main problems come after dark in rainy weather, because you have to move from building to building outside, the car parking for big events is some way from the key buildings, there aren’t many lights and there are puddles!

        A wonderful place, all the same. Good pub in the complex, too.

      • Suffolk is a beautiful county for those who can do without the bright lights and who like interesting old buildings, boats and low-lying coast. Norwich, Cambridge, Ely and London aren’t that far away.

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