Dorothy Custer celebrated her 101st birthday in grand style this May 30, 2012, by zip-lining across the Snake River Canyon in Idaho. This year, she topped that by celebrating her birthday by taking part in a 586-ft BASE jump off the Idaho Bridge. In all fairness, Custer took part in a tandem jump.
Originally, she had considered a bona fide skydive from an airplane but decided against it for the more moderate BASE jump. Naturally, Custer is asked the secret to her long life.
In her case, she cannot lay claim to a bacon diet or turtle diet as other people who have reached 100 years of age have done. Custer simply says she lives in the moment. She does what is needed and she enjoys each moment to the fullest.
That philosophy was certainly on display on May 30. Perhaps unbeknownst to Custer, the philosophy she described is what Buddhists call “The Middle Way”.
In some respects, it is no wonder she is so active at age 102 and enjoying activities that the majority of people much younger than herself would hesitate to do. Her jump instructor said that she is the oldest person he’s ever worked with. He found her to be very excited about doing the jump.