Most of us can't even dream of living to see 100. But Orville Rogers, a former airline pilot, is living a version of his best life, having inhabited the earth for a century.
Rogers was forced to retire from his job as a pilot at 60 due to company policy but that did very little to stop him from flying and he flew his own planes until the age of 79.
The centenarian was recently profiled by Money's Elizabeth O'Brien and revealed that his life savings fund is now worth $5 million after 65 years of saving.
Rogers didn't build his small fortune by being frugal either. He lived a very normal lifestyle and donated very generously to his church and other Christian ventures.
And what's more, he only started saving at age 35. The 100-year-old began his retirement account in 1952 at a time when such things were mostly unheard of. Given his job as a pilot, Rogers spent a lot of time away from his family and would spend a lot of his free time reading the Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine.
After a while, he took the plunge and opened up a Merrill Lynch account which he claims is worth $5 million today. He has also been the proud owner of three different aeroplanes.
“I owned three different airplanes, and I enjoyed every one of them,” the Dallas native says.
But how exactly did he manage to amass such wealth without owning some large corporation or penny-pinching, while still enjoying a normal life?
Well, for one, he stands by starting to save early. He was 35 when he started, but he was fortunate to remain alive for a further 65 years so that was always going to benefit him as long as he stuck to it.
“The key to success in any investment is periodic investments over a long time,” Rogers advised.
The active senior also recommends an exercise routine. He only took up running at the age of 50 but ran two miles three times a week until a very recent injury set him back.
Inspired to hit the road after reading Aerobics by Dr. Kenneth Coope, Rogers claims he's covered at least 43,000 miles by now.
“I read it and started running the next day,” he said, also revealing that he's working on getting back to his routine.
Another secret to Rogers' longevity is his knack for looking on the bright side. Of course, at 100, he's outlived almost all of his friends and has seen a great many people leave him. The former pilot also lost a son in the Vietnam war and was made to bury his wife 10 years ago. He moved into a retirement neighborhood in 2016 and has made a few new pals since then.
“I’m making new friends, because if I don’t I’d have none left,” he jokes.
Also a devout Christian, Rogers' faith plays a big part. “My Christianity has been a strong force in my life,” he added.
The inspirational golden oldie wrote a book at 98 called The Running Man: Flying High for the Glory of God. He also flew missions for his church in Africa post his retirement.
While he hasn't been inside a cockpit for a number of years, Rogers still spends a lot of time in the air traveling on vacations with his family, as well as for track meets all over America.
Yeah, he's a track champion too, having shaved more than two minutes off the record for his age group a few years ago to post a winning time of 9:57. He's a bit slower now, of course, but he still has big plans where competition is concerned.
Rogers now has 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, with whom he spends a lot of time with on holiday. He's even making long-term plans, with the family already having put down a deposit for their vacation next summer.
The ex-pilot and current track champ turns 101 in November and he insists he's motivated to get out of bed every single morning.
“I’m enthusiastic about life," Rogers claims. Who could blame him?