Back in 2015, which is surprisingly about to be 4 years ago, a 109 year old woman at the time from Scotland said to the press that the secret to her long life was eating porridge, and avoiding men.
She is now what is known as a Centenarian: Jessie Gallan, who lived to the age of 109 without ever getting married, was born in a very small two-room farm cottage where she slept at night “top-to-tail” with a brother and five other sisters, on a straw mattress.
Gallan said to the local media that her “secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth.” She continued to explain that in addition, she “made sure that I got plenty of exercise, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning and have never gotten married.”
In 2014 when she turned 108, she credited porridge to her long life. The next year however, there was a second reason she was willing to mention: avoiding men.
However, why would anyone want to live such a long life if they were to exclude from it something so central, at least central to most human beings who long for a connection like that. If some people prefer to remain single, perhaps they personally find that there’s a lack of stress associated with a relationship that they can benefit from.
It’s kind of like a classic paradox when it comes to indulgence vs longevity: would you rather live a shorter life full of joy and experience, or a longer one with less? A relationship certainly isn’t something people should consider necessarily taxing on a person’s lifespan, but what this lady said was definitely cheeky.
The Scottish woman lived to be 109, as she passed away in March, 2015.
This style of story follows a trend, in which someone who has lived to an extremely great age, such as over 100, claims that the secret to their long life is something realistically, probably completely irrelevant from the biological factors that genuinely sustained their lives.
For example, Susannah Mushatt Jones was, until she passed away in May 2016, the oldest living person in the world, and she credited her long life to eating bacon. She was the last living American born in the 19th century, an African American woman from Lowndes County, Alabama.
It was reported earlier in 2018, that the next woman considered the world’s oldest person and the last survivor of the 19th century, passed away in Japan at the age of 117.
Nabi Tajimi passed away in a hospital in Kikai, Kagoshima Prefecture. “She passed away as if falling asleep. As she had been a hard worker, I want to tell her ‘rest well,'” Hiroyuki said, Tajima’s 65-year-old grandson.
If anything, there might be a trend to women living longer than men, because if you notice, these people are all women. There are some people who live remarkably unhealthy lives, and go unreported as the oldest people in the world in countries such as Indonesia, as cited by an article about the woman from Japan.