The oldest man in the world has celebrated his 114th birthday with a slice of cake and few pearls of wisdom. Walter Breuning gave a short speech telling the guests at a small gathering what they all wanted to know – the secret of living a long life.
Hard work, according to Mr. Breuning, is the key to living a long time. The pensioner held down a management job until he was 99, meaning he has spent longer working than some people have lived their whole lives. He also tells those younger than him to be kind to others. ‘When you help someone else, you’re actually helping yourself even more,’ he said.
Mr. Breuning was born on September 21, 1896 in the rural town of Melrose in Minnesota. He moved to Great Falls, Montana in 1918, where he has stayed ever since. He worked for more than 50 years for the Great Northern Railway, saw some 20 U.S. Presidents come and go, lived in three centuries and survived two World Wars. Few who have met Mr. Breuning would call him an ordinary centenarian, if that is ever possible, and consider him as remarkable for his attitude as his achievement.