In case you thought that your life is incomplete unless you find "the one", you should listen to what Jessie has to say about living a long and healthy life.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on November 22, 2018. It has since been updated.
Centenarian Jessie Gallan, one of the oldest woman in Scotland aged 109, has revealed her secret to long life and good health, and it's the last thing people expected to hear. The charming old lady has revealed that eating porridge and avoiding men has proved to be her antidote for long life, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
She was born in a tiny two-room farm cottage in Scotland and lived a simple life, growing up with her 5 sisters and one brother. She left her home at 13 years of age to become a milkmaid. She never married and remained single all her life. Miss. Gallan further went to work at a farm kitchen, which was visited by the Queen and her mother during the period she worked there.
She currently lives in a care home in Aberdeen where she turned 109 in January this year, an occasion she celebrated with lunch and a slice of cake. She seems happy and unfazed about not being married. A life without men seemed to be the perfect kind of life to lead, according to her. "My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They're just more trouble than they're worth." Looks like there could be a lot of women who are saying Amen to that.
She happily narrates her life at the care home, owing her good health to the good porridge and exercise she implements along with keeping men at bay. "I also made sure that I got plenty of exercises, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning and have never gotten married," said Gallan. Having started living an independent life from a young age, Jessie has many insights into life that many of us don't.
The sweet lady reminisced about the good old days where she started milking cows as a teen and recollects how hardworking she was. Gallan didn't marry because she didn't find the right man; she just experienced a happier life being busy and meeting people when she could. "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. 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."
Even people in the old age home had the best things to say about Gallan and the life she led there. Rebecca Streeter, a senior worker in the care home said, "Jessie still takes part in the group activities, she likes her exercise. She goes to all the concerts and enjoys her church on a Sunday. And obviously, she has led a very healthy lifestyle."
Miss. Gallan is currently Scotland's oldest and happiest living individual. She became Scotland's oldest woman following the death of Clare Dawson, of Glasgow, in June 2013 at the age of 109. Perhaps, it's time to look at singledom with more hope, ladies.