The World's Oldest Person Has Died

@roberten (3131)
United States
September 11, 2009 7:25pm CST
Ms. Gertrude Baines died Friday in Los Angeles. She was 115 years-old, and was born April 6, 1894. Details are in link below: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090911/ap_on_re_us/us_obit_oldest_person Would you like to live to be the oldest person on the planet? Do you want to outlive all your family members? If I could look as good as Ms. Baines and have a sound mind as well as being able to get around on my own I would not mind living to be 115 years-old. May she finally rest in peace.
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13 responses
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
12 Sep 09
Wow. Living to 115 is one he!! of a life. Could you imagine making it that many years?
@roberten (3131)
• United States
12 Sep 09
In these days and times, yes I can. I would be quite the adventure if you were lucid and able to take care of most of your own needs. This lady sounds like she had quite a life.
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
12 Sep 09
Im not sure I want to ive to be that old...
• Boston, Massachusetts
1 Oct 09
i am not sure either... but if given the chance to live why not. as long as i am still needed and not yet through with the mission that i need to fulfill to glorify the almighty... thy will be done!
12 Sep 09
Wow, that is a ripe old age. At forty years old, I feel like I have got a lot of memories but it must be amazing to have 115 years worth of memories. I definitely want to know her secret.
@roberten (3131)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Good attitude, clean living, and terrific genes! Throw in minimal stress and you might become the oldest living individual on record. Sweet!
1 Oct 09
I'm working on that 'minimal stress' thing. Not doing too well so far! x
• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Sep 09
hi roberten, my condolences to her family. i can't imagine myself reaching that age... given the stress of our daily lives and the kind of food around i don't think i can! but of course i have the choice to live a healthy life and live long and make the most of my life.
@roberten (3131)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Who knows, maybe you should just go for it, msfrancisco; it might be a beautiful ride.
• Boston, Massachusetts
1 Oct 09
thanks for that motivation. if i live a healthy life then maybe i can live that long too... can i really make it????? hehehehehehehe. have a great daY!
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I can't even imagine living that long...I'm not sure I'd really want to especially the way the world seems today. I'd also hate to have to watch everyone around me die. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
@roberten (3131)
• United States
1 Oct 09
I can imagine, twoey68. It is not too much of a stretch from the average life-expectacy. Modern medicine seems to be extending life across the globe, so I CAN imagine and in a most wonderfully beautiful way.
@mjweed21 (693)
• Philippines
26 Sep 09
Geez! I well, if given the chance to live that long , I would love it.
@roberten (3131)
• United States
1 Oct 09
A true adventurer at heart my dear friend, mjweed21; I too would have no objections.
• Qatar
18 Sep 09
well I hope so roberten !! it would sounds little bit weird , but we don't know what would happen !! wish you long long and peaceful life if you could hold yourself that long LOL happy mylotting
@roberten (3131)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Not wierd at all, Novelist, no one knows what the future holds; I hope to find out in a most positive way. Going for the gusto!
• Pitcairn
12 Sep 09
I think its an achievement to reach that age, and it amazes people around. But I don't want to reach that age. I don't want to be independent for years, I'd rather like to die in my 70s or 60s. That time I may have been contented of my accomplishments with no regrets. I'm ready to die early, but of course, not earlier than the above age. I still have many things to do. My condolences for her grieving family.
@roberten (3131)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Your wish to hit life hard and fast and be over with it is shared by many. I can see both sides of this coin but only the individual concerned can call which side is best for them. I love life and would consider it a blessing to live long and free. The lady had to be awesome.
@VANILLAREY (1473)
• India
12 Sep 09
A person who is born has to die. If I am healthy then I won't mind being the oldest person alive. It won't be pleasing to outlive family members.
@roberten (3131)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Very good point; it might be a bit lonely to live without your loved ones, so you'd have to adopt new ones. Life and love can last a very long time.
@iamsolucky (1243)
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
Hi there and smile. Life is really great for her. Good wishes to her soul Happy mylotting and smile always!
@roberten (3131)
• United States
1 Oct 09
My sentiments exactly! Mylotting is almost as fun as living well.
@pjsr18 (340)
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
I think her life's too miserable. She got to see her loveones die one by one. I dont have the plan to be the oldest person on earth. That would be scary. I don't want to see my loveones and relatives die.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
12 Sep 09
That truly is a blessing to live to be 115 years of age. To answer your question would I want to out live all my family members. I really don't know that is somewhat being in the world all alone family wise. I was reading today in my daily devotions.. Which way am I growing? Meaning the seeds that we sow today determines the kind of fruit we'll reap tomorrow. Having said that, Some folks grow old gracefully, while others become grouchy and ill-tempered. Those who pander to self-interest and think only of themselves are sowing seeds that will produce a harvest of misery in themselves and others. Those who love God and care for others are sowing seeds that, in time, will yield a harvest of Joy. To live that long and without family, you would have to sow good seeds. Because you reap what you sow. If your seeds were sowed in good soil you have produced a good crop of friends.
@roberten (3131)
• United States
1 Oct 09
So true, Chevee, so very true. If I sow a "good crop" and my health (physical and mental) held out, I wouldn't mind so much. You never have enough time to spread good works.
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
hmmm, i think i don't want to be that old. i don't want to become my children's liability by even just thinking how i am doing. i may be well and able to get around on my own but i am sure, normal life of the people around me will be a little distracted by sharing a part of their time for caring me and attending to my needs and well being.
@roberten (3131)
• United States
12 Sep 09
As long as I could remain relatively independent, I wouldn't mind living a great and long life. I am more interested in seeing what comes next than in getting measured for a coffin. LOL!
@nef633 (34)
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
I think she was the oldest person in U.S.? Am I right? Because it seemed that we had a 120-yeard old woman here in Philippines. I actually don't know her identity since I am not aware of current news and events. I don't like being the oldest person on the planet. But I do hope we all live together. I don't want any from our family member to pass away before me. I might not be able to take it.
@roberten (3131)
• United States
12 Sep 09
Brace yourself, nef633, because most people experience just what you want to avoid. It is so sad, but true that one of our family members will be the last to leave the earth; if it is your wish, I hope that will not be you. I am the last sister in my family, I have no parents nor grandparents nor uncles or aunts left and it is sometimes lonely. I still would not mind living for many years so that I can see how the world progesses in the future. There is nothing like being there firsthand when important things happen; I just wouldn't want to be a burden on others and totally unable to care for myself.