93-year old Louis Zamperini's life is chronicled in a new book by Laura Hillenbrand (of Seabiscuit fame) called Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.
Zamperini's life is a saga of challenges and resiliency. As a young man in the 1930s he gained notoriety as a distance runner and competed in the Olympics. In WWII he was a bombardier in the Pacific when his plane was shot down and he was one of few who survived. Living on a scantily provisioned raft for 47 days, he was finally taken prisoner by the Japanese. Despite enduring horrific torture, he refused to broadcast anti-American sentiments on the radio.
With such a life story, it's not surprising that Mr. Zamperini welcomes old age with similar gusto. Hillenbrand quotes him as having said, "I have a cheerful countenance at all times...(except in this photo!) When you have a good attitude, your immune system is fortified." (See the WSJ article on Nov. 12)
What challenges have you encountered? Do you think they have steeled you to manage the losses of aging better... or have your challenges weakened your immune system? What has made you resilient and how does that experience affect your sense of well-being in your 3rd Age?