If you could make the choice to live forever, would you? While eternal life might sound appealing to those of us who haven't yet reached middle age, things can look a bit different when you climb into the higher decades — after all, at a certain point, there's only so much life you can really live, right?
That's the situation this man is faced with, even though his version of "eternal life" is simply topping the charts at 145 years old. No, his time on this earth isn't infinite, but it's beginning to feel like it is. If his birth records prove to be accurate, he's the longest living human in history — and you might be surprised to learn that despite that, he's ready to meet his maker.
Meet this extraordinary gentleman below and hear what he has to say. At 145 years, he's basically older and wiser than most of us combined. Can you imagine experiencing so much for so long?
His name is Mbah Gotho, and he reportedly has documentation confirming that he was born on December 31, 1870. That means that yup, he's 145 years old.
The next oldest person to have ever lived is Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at 122 years old. As you can see, Gotho has passed her by over two decades.
That would make him the oldest living human on record (by far). Though he admits that the key to longevity is patience, he's now said that what he wants is to die peacefully. It's a humble request: He's watched his wives, siblings, and even children pass away, and now he's ready to go, too.
These days, Gotho listens to the radio as his eyesight has declined too much to watch television. His overall health has declined, which means that it could only be a matter of time before he gets his wish. Despite the fact that he's ready to pass, Gotho has lived an extraordinary — and yes, extremely long — life. We should all be so lucky.