A belated happy birthday to Walter Breuning, who turned 114 on Tuesday, September 21st; Mr. Breuning is now on record as the world’s oldest living man (and you better believe he’s in my record books as the world’s most adorable oldest living man).
You’d hardly know he was 114 to look at him. His vitality, charm, and wisdom shines through in every word he says during this exclusive interview, in which he describes what life was like in the 1900s, his secret to longevity, his words of wisdom for the younger generation, and much more:
Walter advocates working for as long as you possibly can. Not only does he believe it’s good to keep busy, but in his words, you’ll need more than just Social Security payments to get by. Seeing Halley’s comet was one of the most memorable events for Walter in his lengthy lifetime; he remembers clearly how everyone stayed up all night to watch “that ball of fire” cross the sky. As to his secret for reaching 114, simply maintain a healthy diet, exercise often, and keep busy.
But perhaps my favorite part of all, when asked for words to live by, is how confidently Walter says,
“Be good to everybody, be kind to people. We should be helping people… the more you do for other people, the better you’re gonna help yourself.”
I could watch this interview over and over (and already have). What a truly inspirational, down-to-earth, dear soul he is. Happy birthday, Walter Breuning. Enjoy your 114th year of a life well-lived!