What would you do if you came to know you are going to live for over a 100 years? Well, I don’t know about you, but I would jump around my house in insane excitement.
That is what Jessie Gallan, the oldest living woman in Scotland, has proved to the world. And yes, she is 109 years old by the way.
Woah! What’s Her Secret?
Yeah. I was getting that.
We have seen such wonderfully healthy and long-living individuals before, and we have also seen the pride they take in sharing the secrets of their longevity. So, when asked about her secret, this is what she revealed –
Jessie has rigorously followed the routine of having a helping of porridge every morning.
That’s a pretty straightforward way of putting it, isn’t it? But, that’s just half of the secret.
The other half? She has avoided men all her life.
Yes. You read that right.
According to Jessie, men are just trouble. In her own words, ‘My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They are just more trouble than they are worth.’
The spinster lives in a care home in Aberdeen, and has never gotten married.
That’s Insanely Strange
You bet it is! And in addition, she has exercised every morning.
Jessie left her home at the age of 13 to become a milkmaid. She says she had always worked hard and seldom took a holiday.
“I always had good jobs with very nice people”, says Jessie. “It’s amazing to see how completely different the world is now from the one I grew up in.”
Jessie celebrated her 109th birthday on January 2 with lunch and a small slice of cake at her care home in Aberdeen. She takes part in group activities and still likes her exercise. She attends all the concerts and goes to church every Sunday.
And strangely, she still avoids men!
Jessie Gallan became Scotland’s oldest woman following the death of Clare Dawson (of Glasgow) in June 2013 at the age of 109.
I Too Want To Live Long. What Should I Do?
You don’t have to avoid men, if that’s what you are thinking.
Let me tell you something – Jessie ensured she got regular exercise and maintained a positive outlook throughout her life. She also had great relationships with the people at her care home – all of which contributed to her longevity.
The oldest living person in the world, Susannah Mushatt Jones (116 years old), attributes her longevity to eating bacon every day, which is equally strange. But she also has made it clear that she surrounds herself with love and positive energy at all times.
Also, according to a survey conducted by the United States last year, the secrets to longevity include a commitment to fitness and quality time with friends and family.
So the next time someone says they want to live a long life, you know what to tell them – don’t you?