Many have gone on quests to find the so-called “elixir of life” that would prolong one’s life. Others have died searching for it while some have gone crazy and spent the rest of their life looking for it in vain.
But it turns out that one does not need a special potion to have a long life.
Just ask Scottish Jessie Gallan, who turned 109 years old on January 2.
Jessie’s secret for her longevity is far different than any magic concoction.
According to her, the secret to “a long life is staying away from men.” For the centenarian, men “are just more trouble than they are worth.”
The oldest living Scottish woman also said that aside from avoiding men, she makes sure that she “gets plenty of exercise, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning and have never gotten married.”
Rebecca Streeter, a support worker at the Crosby House, described how energetic and spirited Jessie still is. “Jessie still takes part in the group activities, she likes her exercise.” She also revealed that the old woman enjoys attending concerts and church every Sunday.
Jessie, a spinster, now lives in a home for elderly in Aberdeen. But growing up, she shared that she used to sleep top-to-tail in a straw-filled mattress with her five sisters.
She left their home at the age of 13 to find work as a milkmaid. Jessie recounted her life then. “I always worked hard and seldom would I ever take a holiday. I left home when I was 13 and began a job milking cows,” she said.
After which, she became a farm kitchen helper before she moved to working in a hotel the Queen and Queen Mother used to frequent.
“I always had good jobs with very nice people. It’s amazing to see how completely different the world is now from the one I grew up in,” marveled the centenarian.