66-year-old Sheryl Lee Ralph of ABC’s Abbott Elementary, recently told Prevention that “Aging is a gift…” and opened up about some of the life lessons she’s learned over the years. She shared that her life has been about preparing for longevity.
“Finding my joy, making great choices for me, understanding that life is not always fair. Sometimes it’s your day. Sometimes it’s not your day. But if it’s a good day or a bad day, you’ve got to thank God because you got a day.”
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The actor and philanthropist said, “Aging is a gift because there is definitely an alternative. Choose one. I choose living, I choose [to be] alive—but that is my choice. There are so many people who feel that as you age you feel that you have to grow old. You can grow wise. You can grow wonderful.”
She also added that she she has a “100-year-old mother-in-law,” from whom she’s learned a lot. “There are so many people who do not know how to treat somebody who has aged well in life. They don’t know what to do; what to tell them. Geriatrics is something that we need to pay more attention to. If you have aged well.”
Her advice for setting yourself up for a long, healthy life – “Walk,” And ask yourself, “Did you drink your water?”
After winning several awards last year for her latest role as teacher Barbara Howard on ABC’s Abbott Elementary, Ralph has proven that hard work pays off and says this is the case for living life to the fullest