Milly Rich aged 99 reading her morning newspaper July 2017

Is it OK to have too much of anything?

Everything in moderation except reading

I’m a night person; I don’t like daytime so I don’t tend to spend much time in the sun. I don’t need to worry about my skin ageing from too much sun

Some people are addicted to getting a suntan, I’m addicted to print, I don’t know when that was aroused but if I see print that’s it, I just don’t move, it’s an addiction.

I don’t go and sit in the sun for hours, I’m happy with my print addiction.

Not only is it inescapable I’ve no wish to escape it, I enjoy it and there aren’t enough hours in the day to satisfy it! In many cases I don’t remember all I read I just enjoy the act of reading, I retain what interests me.

I was mad about the ‘pictures’ when I was younger, I remember that you only saw the screen through a haze of cigarette smoke!

There were cigarette machines outside practically every shop and so much advertising for smoking, but now it’s a big ‘no no’.

That’s an addiction that definitely ages you and possibly kills you.

I wonder how many other things that were once popular turn out to be lethal?

Sugar! Sugar, sweetie pie, sugar plum; sugar used to be a good thing because it was a rarity, nowadays it is an addiction that again is proving lethal to some.

What is too much sugar? Who recommends it and what do they know?  Eat sensibly and then you don’t have to give things up totally.

Finally getting back to the sun, you were originally told not to stay out in the sun due to sunburn, which was painful, but it was never associated with cancer.

Nowadays the risk of skin cancers and the certainty of wrinkles mean most people use sun creams.

Just as we’ve got used to it we’re warned it can lead to Vitamin D deficiency and leave off the sun cream for a bit.

Too much of anything is never good for you, everything in moderation…except reading!

Milly Rich

Milly was born in 1917 and lives 'in the now' (informed by history). She is a fashion designer, conchologist, company director and inspiration for Waking Beauty Sleep System. Life long beauty? What are your views?