The "world's oldest person," Antisa Khvichava, has passed away. At 132 years old, she leaves behind 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. That's a seriously impressive family legacy. Even more impressive, though? The fact that she lived through two world wars and the complete modernization of society. That is, if she really was as old as she claimed to have been.
This woman said she was born on July 8, 1880, but her original birth certificate was lost. Sure, a Soviet-era passport and other legal documents exist that state 1880 as her birthday, but experts are slightly skeptical. And well, so am I.
On another note, maybe I'm missing something. I get it, the shock factor, your name in the Guinness books. When it comes down to it though, why would anyone really want to be the oldest person on Earth?
Let me just start by saying I'm not discrediting that Khvichava probably lived an amazing life. The woman saw a lot of stuff, and hell, I'd be damned if I had an opportunity to speak to someone who has been through as much as she had.
However, what is with this fascination about age? More so, who really wants to live that long knowing about all the baggage that comes with it? I'm talking painful aches and pains, health and memory problems, and emotionally, watching so many of your friends and family go before you. I'm not saying the second that a person starts to forget things, it's their time to go. If you endure more physical pain than happiness staying alive THAT long, is it really a good thing?
I guess as a woman in my mid-20s, that's not something I can answer right now. Whether or not she was really the "world's oldest person," my thoughts and prayers go out to Antisa's family.
Would you want to be the "World's Oldest Person"?
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