This is beautiful. A must to see 🙂


I believe that the secret to a long, happy life lies in simplicity and beauty and this short film reaffirms that belief.

Shot in Fire Island, New York, this inspiring short film (4 min. 23 sec) created by artist and filmmaker Julia Warr captures the secrets of eternal youth as Maia Helles, a Russian ballet dancer turns 95 but still remains resolutely independent, healthy and as fit as a forty year old.

 “My secret to long life is simplicity, work and enjoyment.” Maia Helles

Maia’s beauty shines not only from within, but inhabits her home and everything she makes. She’s my kind of role model.

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  1. Beautiful.

  2. Very inspiring. Have a great day! 🙂

  3. spinoza1111 says:

    Yes. YES. I’m 62 and in terms of the City of Old Age, a youngster yet I’ve maintained a younger man’s body through running and the dance since 1981. More than diet, some form of physical movement seems to be the important factor in longevity. And music as a part of this movement: symphony conductors seem to last longer since waving your arms in time is aerobic.

    Also, being anti-authoritarian seems to help. Picasso and Pablo Casals, the cellist, both lived to ripened old ages in part because after Franco destroyed a legitimate government, both of them refused to live in Spain. Whereas people who live in fear and save for retirement and vote Republican in the US seem to kick the bucket quicker.

    For another beautiful video see Maya Plsetskaya dance the Dying Swan at the age of 61!

    Accept the unavoidable things of old age. For example, you WILL turn into your Mom or Dad facially. It’s pretty frightening to have your Dad’s face and a fit body. But what matters is what you’re carrying around, especially in the midsection, the origin of life. Don’t worry about washboard abs: the great Bruce Lee pointed out that all movement involves the abs so don’t worry about sit-ups.

    Your video reminds us of the place of diet but only as part of a movement-oriented lifestyle.

    Any one part save movement is optional because life is holistic. Bet you could live to 100 whilst guzzling Jack Daniels and smoking Camels as long as you got out every morning and chased dinner down, and thanked the beast you killed. Probably not a good idea but the point is living bravely. My favorite philosopher, Spinoza, observed that in language, we naturally ascribe more verbs to what were considered “higher” forms of creation in his time: a mountain can only be, a plant can be and grow, an animal can be and grow and move, we can be and grow and move and speak. Well, Spinoza may not have realized what we’re learning about animal behavior (octopi seem smarter than we thought) but his core truth was that the more activities a being can perform the closer it is to his God-Or-Nature.

    • Thank you so much for this additional enlightenment… I believe that age are just numbers. Be happy always and keep up the positive attitude. These are vitals too in the secret of being youthful all the time.
      I appreciate the video you just shared. It touched me while watching how she danced so gracefully. Really amazing. She’s an inspiration to all of us!
      Enjoy your weekdays!

  4. A gorgeous mentality for life. Simplicity, work, and enjoyment.

  5. Absolutely love the post. This video is simple & beautiful. Maia is an inspiring woman!!!

  6. A very calming inspirational little film. I glad you shared it. Wonderful.

  7. Thanks for the re-blogged I appreciate this a lot! Have fun!


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