They say that with age comes knowledge. A lifetime of trial and error, meaningful experiences, and lessons learned gives people a deeper perspective of the world that younger generations tend to lack.
Life, like anything, requires practice. That is something that this 105-year-old Japanese doctor vouched for in his life. His goal before his death was to share with you what he learned so that you can learn how to live longer and be happy.
This Man Lived to Be 105 and Has Worked the Whole Time
Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara was born in 1911, at a time when the average Japanese person was unlikely to live past the age of 40. Because of this, he never missed an opportunity to defy the odds and live his long life fully.
This was a man who was working at St. Luke’s Hospital in Tokyo since 1941. A man who also had the foresight to install oxygen tubes throughout the hospital, which saved the lives of hundreds after the cult Aum Shinrikyo used poison gas to attack subways in Tokyo, killing 13 people and injuring thousands.
This man administered to victims in the firebombing of Tokyo during WW2 and was a passenger on the Japan Airlines plane that was hijacked by Japanese Red Army Members in 1970.
“I spent the next four days handcuffed to my seat in 40-degree heat. As a doctor, I looked at it all as an experiment and was amazed at how the body slowed down in a crisis,” Hinohara said of his experience as a captive.
Before you make the mistake of thinking that his only area of expertise was medicine, you should know about the 150 books he’d published since his 75th birthday, including “Living Long, Living Good” which sold more than 1.2 million copies.
He wrote a musical for children when he was 88-years-old which first ran in Japan and then moved to Broadway in 2010. Up until his death at age 105, he was still taking patients and kept a date book with space for 5 more years of appointments.
With many, many experiences under his belt, Hinohara had quite a few things to say about how to live life to the fullest, and his greatest wish was to share them with the world.