Living a long and healthy life is a dream many of us share, but our lifestyle choices greatly influence our longevity in this world. Factors such as pollution, stress, lack of exercise, and reliance on fast food can negatively impact our overall health and reduce our chances of witnessing future generations.
However, there are several things we can do to increase our chances of living a longer life. Maintaining a healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise, and adopting a positive outlook on life can contribute to our overall well-being. Seeking inspiration from those who have achieved remarkable longevity can also provide valuable insights.
One such remarkable individual is Bessie Hendricks, a woman from Iowa who recently celebrated her 115th birthday, making headlines for this extraordinary milestone.
Bessie’s longevity is truly remarkable, as she has lived long enough to witness significant historical events, including the election of 21 American presidents, two World Wars, two Chicago Cubs World Series Championships, and even the tragic sinking of the Titanic.
Bessie’s birthday celebration was made even more special by the presence of her surviving children. Her eldest, Joan Schaffer, who turned 90 a day before Bessie’s birthday, joined her younger siblings Shirley, Glenda, and Leon in commemorating this momentous occasion.
Although it would have been even more extraordinary if all five children could be present, the fact that they could come together to celebrate Bessie’s 115th birthday is already quite remarkable.
Not only is Bessie the oldest living American, but she is also among the top ten oldest people in the world. She has surpassed the previous record holders, Thelma Sutcliffe and Mila Mangold, both of whom sadly passed away earlier.
So, what is Bessie’s secret to living such a long and fulfilling life? According to her daughter Joan, Bessie’s strength and resilience are truly remarkable. After her mother’s passing when Bessie was only 13 years old, she took on the responsibility of raising her younger siblings.
Bessie lived right across the road from the school where she taught, leaving her no reason to miss a day of teaching. Her commitment to family and dedication to her responsibilities have been constant throughout her life.
Bessie’s children and family members have always felt her love and care, and their presence on her special day is a testament to the bond they share. Her 115th birthday was celebrated at the Shady Oaks Care Center, where employees and staff joined in the festivities, decorating the place with balloons, hats, and a cake.
Bessie’s children honored her by singing her favorite song, “You are my Sunshine,” paying tribute to her love for singing.
Leon fondly recalls how his mother would often sing that song to them, and even at the care home, she continued to serenade them as they wheeled her around. The other residents also looked forward to hearing her beautiful voice.
It is only fitting that on her special day, her children sang this cherished song to her, expressing their love and appreciation. Bessie’s remarkable journey serves as an inspiration to all, reminding us of the importance of love, resilience, and cherishing the moments that make life truly meaningful.