Most people strive to live a long fruitful life while on earth. They may do this by working out daily, eating healthy, and limiting how much they smoke and drink. The world’s oldest woman, Koku Istambulova, who claims to be 128 years old, has other thoughts when it comes to her extremely long life.
Istambulova, who lives in Russia, has no idea how she even managed to live as long as she has. Most people would be happy if they lived past 100 years old, but Istambulova claims to not have ever had a single happy day in her life. She said that her long life can only be attributed to “God’s will” as he is “punishing” her.
According to the Daily Mail, Istambulova was born on June 1, 1889. By all accounts, Istambulova has lived an eventful life as she was 55 when World War II ended and was 102 when the Soviet Union collapsed.
The Russian citizen recalled the horrific events of witnessing Nazis passing her home. “I remember tanks with Germans passing our house. It was scary, she said. “But I tried not to show this, we were hiding in the house. Life in Kazakhstan was the hardest for us.”
When asked what the secret to her long life was, Istambulova said: “It was God’s will. I did nothing to make it happen. I see people [who live long] going in for sports, eating something special, keeping themselves fit, but I have no idea how I lived until now.”
The Daily Mail reported that the 128-year-old is still able to walk on her own without assistance and lives by herself.
Sadly, Istambulova says she isn’t happy with her extended time on earth. “Looking back at my unhappy life, I wish I had died when I was young. ‘I worked all my life. I did not have time for rest or entertainment.'”
Russian officials are having a hard time substantiating Istambulova’s age as written records at the time of her birth were often not recorded or have since gone missing.
If her age is determined to be correct, Istambulova would surpass Jeanne Calment, a French woman who lived for 122 years old and died in 1997.