|Walter Breuning, the world's oldest man, died Thursday at age 114.|
The Associated Press article on his death included his story - based on an interview they did with him last October. It's very interesting reading, because they framed his story in parallel with the history of the U.S.
0. His mother died at 46, and his father at 50, so he didn't have longevity in the family. His advice for living a long life:
a) Embrace change.
b) Eat only 2 meals a day.
c) Work as long as you can.
d) Help others.
e) Accept death.
1. His earliest memory is at 3 - with his grandfather horrifying him by telling stories of killing Southerners during the Civil War.
2. In 1912, his parents split up and he had to work on the railroad at 16. He ended up working there for the next 50 years.
3. His mother died at 46 and his father at 50.
4. In 1919, he bought his first car, and said it spooked the horses that he had to share the street with.
5. He got married in 1922, and bought vacant land for $15. The Depression hit and he was never able to build a house. Eventually he sold the land for $25, making a $10 profit.
He never bought property again and was a lifetime renter.
6. His wife died in 1957 - they had no children, and he never remarried.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Labels: Personal Growth