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An Incredible Life Testimony

Post by Dao-Ming on Tue 4 Sep - 20:50

Just received in my inbox a great food for thoughts about aging  :kitten:  What a life!

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“In case you think you're old…”


Left pic: 1895 - 20 years old   
Right pic: 1996 -120 years old                                                                        
 
Jeanne Louise Calment had the longest confirmed human

Lifespan on record: 122 years and 164 days. She died of unspecified cause. She had been in good health, as recently as a month before her death.

It seems that fate strongly approved of the way Madam Calment lived her life.

Jeanne was born in Arles, France, on 21st February 1875.

When the Eiffel Tower was built, she was 14 year old.
It was at this time that she met Vincent van Gogh.
"He was dirty, badly dressed and disagreeable," she recalled in an interview given in 1988.

When she was 85, she took up fencing, and she was still riding on her bike when she reached 100.

When Jeanne was 114, she starred in a film about her life; at 115 she had an operation on her hip, and at 117 she gave up smoking (having started at the age of 21 in 1896).

Apparently, she didn't give it up for health reasons, but because she didn't like having to ask someone to help her light a cigarette once she was becoming almost blind.

In 1965, Jeanne was 90 years old and had no heirs.
She signed a deal to sell her apartment to a 47-year-old lawyer called André-François Raffray.
He agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs on the condition that he would inherit her apartment after she died.
However, Raffray not only ended up paying Jeanne for 30 years, but died before she did at the age of 77.
His widow was legally obliged to continue paying Madam Calment until the end of her days.

Jeanne retained sharp mental faculties.

When she was asked on her 120th birthday what kind of future she expected to have, she replied: "A very short one."

Quotes and rules of life from Jeanne Calment:
 
"Being young is a state of mind, it doesn't depend on one's body, I'm actually still a young girl; it's just that I haven't looked so good for the past 70 years."

"I've only got one wrinkle, and I'm sitting on it."
 
"All babies are beautiful."
 
"I've been forgotten by our good lord."
 
"I'm in love with wine."
 
"Always keep your smile. That's how I explain my long life."
 
"If you can't change something, don't worry about it."
 
"I have a huge desire to live and a big appetite, especially for sweets."
 
"I never wear mascara; I laugh until I cry too often."
 
"I see badly, I hear badly, and I feel bad, but everything's fine."
 
"I think I will die of laughter."
 
"I have legs of iron, but to tell you the truth, they're starting to rust and buckle a bit."
 
"I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I'm very lucky."
 
At the end of one interview, in response to a journalist who said he hoped they would meet again the following year: "Why not? You're not that old; you'll still be here."
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Post by Sheka ~ Owner on Wed 5 Sep - 12:21

Dao thatwas fantastic.what a grand old lady.
Thank you for posing this.,very interesting.


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Post by Dao-Ming on Thu 6 Sep - 23:38

you're welcome Sheka! yeah, that was awesome to read! and I found out that she lived in her own house until she was 110! i hope i'll always live in my house, don't want to go to a nursing home ever!
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Post by Sheka ~ Owner on Fri 7 Sep - 15:00

I hope you do to Dao.I wish i was still in my house but our bungalow is nice


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Post by Dao-Ming on Wed 12 Sep - 1:16

:fx1:

Sometimes, we have to make some compromise.... anything that is your own is always better than a nursing home 🇧🇭
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Post by Sheka ~ Owner on Wed 12 Sep - 14:17

Dao-Ming wrote::fx1:  

Sometimes, we have to make some compromise.... anything that is your own is always better than a nursing home 🇧🇭

I agree my friend.This is really nice bunglaow but we lived in that house for 43 years our kids grew up there so it was a big part of our life.now our bungalow has everything we need and a lot less cleaning to do


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Post by Dao-Ming on Sat 15 Sep - 2:55

I can easily imagine the memories attached to the house you had! wow, i've never lived in the same place for that long, though i wish i did! Moving constantly like I did, makes me feel like a wanderer, and wanting to settle down for good. The worst of it all, we will probably move again...this time, i really don't have it in me, getting to old for that S.... 

Sheka wrote:a lot less cleaning to do
🇱🇰 yep, that's better, gives time to just enjoy life! :jfo:  Years ago, I lived in a 3,000 + square foot house, and boy cleaning was never ending!
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Post by Sheka ~ Owner on Sat 15 Sep - 13:42

Dao I must tell you about our house.Every time we decorated ,which was a lot we used to write messages all over the walls before putting the paper up.One year we were doing the hall and milkman,any delivery man or neighbours all got asked to write something.
One of our sons girlfriends was a Baycity rollers fan so she wrote some of their songs.
I wrote Elvis songs....now that was a surprise eh lol
The last room we decorated I left a message for whom ever brought the house.hoping they would be as happy in it as we had been.


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