Do you know when you want to die? It is a question we have thought about at one point or another. Most of us want to be able to live a healthy life where we get to see our children grow into happy, thriving, and successful adults. Dreaming of meeting your future grandkids and possibly great-grandkids is not such a far fetched goal either. But what if you outlived your parents, siblings, spouse, and even your own kids, is life worth living? The world’s oldest man has his own take of when it’s time to go.Gotho’s government identification card has him listed as being born on December 31,1870.
Gotho has not only outlived his 10 siblings, he also outlived his four wives, and own children.
His eyesight is failing so he prefers to listen to the radio during the day.
To put things in perspective, Gotho has lived through WWI and WWII, he was alive when Queen Victoria ruled the Commonwealth, and he was a grown man when the Hindenburg disaster occurred in 1937.
Gotho has to be spoon-fed and bathed.
Gotho was ready to die in 1992, purchasing his own headstone for his grave.
He has outlived his own children but Gotho has grandkids, great, and great-great grandchildren.
If confirmed, he would beat French woman Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 years and 164 days. She died in 1997.
James Olofintuyi from Nigeria was believed to be 171 years old when he died and Dhaqabo Ebba from Ethiopia lived to be reportedly 163 years old.
Although he admits his grandfather does still enjoy smoking a couple of times a day.
That’s because the centennial believes in the motto to just “relax and take it easy.”
Ghoto’s family has noticed he is growing more frail.
Japan boasts of having 61,000 people over the age of 100, that works out to be about 0.048 per cent of the total population.
The United Nations claims that number will be 2.2 million by 2050.
“By 2050, Japan will have the highest proportion of centenarians, 2.6 per thousand of the total population, or 2.2 per cent of the oldest-old. Its total number of centenarians will be 272,000: 40,000 males and 232,000 females. Finland, Italy, Norway, Singapore and Sweden will have slightly below two per one thousand people,” the report explains.
In 2000, there were 50,281 people over the age of 100, a contrast to the 72,197 in 2014. That’s a 44 percent jump in a little over 10 years.
Some argue that it is “superior” genes that account for longer lives while others claim it is healthier lifestyles.
He is from Sragen, Central Java.
The factory was built in 1880, he would have been 10 years old at the time.
Indonesia was under Dutch colonization when Gotho was a child.
It was then occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia claimed its independence on August 17, 1945.
He was 65 years old when Indonesia was finally independent.
Now, his great-great-grandkids read to him to keep him entertained.
Gotho has become a bit of a celebrity in Indonesia.
For example, the Statue of Liberty was gifted in 1886, when Gotho was just 16 years old.
And during the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, Gotho was 109 years old.
“What I want is to die,” he said.