‘Farmers Never Die in Bed’- Indian American Farmer Bakhtawar Singh Brar still working at 105
As they say that “Age is just a Number”, and for that matter for 105 years old Bakhtawar Singh Brar, who is a farmer in California, USA, celebrated his birthday few days ago said on his 105th Birthday celebration while working at his desk, hosted by his farm employees said, “Activity is life, life is activity. The people that kill time, they kill themselves. Retiring means what? Lying in bed. Farmers and soldiers never die in bed.”
Bakhtawar Singh Brar celebrated his birthday from his desk, at work. The man hasn’t stopped working a day in his life and he says work is what keeps him alive. The decorated Indian army veteran moved to the U.S. in 1980 when he was 68. He was told, at his age, he should apply for a pension. “I said ‘thank you very much ma’am, I don’t need it,” the newspaper quoted him. “She said, ‘why?’ I said, ‘what have I done for this country, nothing. I don’t want to be a burden here. I will earn it if I need it.” He then started working as a farm worker to earn a pension for himself and his wife. Bakhtawar has been overseeing his son’s agriculture company since 2006. “A person is never useless in their life, they may go down in performance, but everyone can do something for their country,” he said.
“We decided to throw him this party to show him appreciation and that we’re with him just to make him happy,” said Daisy Gonzales, Brar’s employee. Brar has been overseeing his son’s agriculture company since 2006. “He’s here in the office, every morning around 5 a.m.,” said John Jiles, Brar’s employee. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a holiday, he’s always there.” Sure enough, Monday, on his birthday he didn’t leave his desk once. Nor stopped answering calls. “I’m surprised and amazed myself that someone at that age still has a good shape, good memory and he’s a hard-working person,” said Gonzales.
And, so, to this day he doesn’t have any plans of clocking off anytime soon. So, what is key to living such a long and healthy life? According to Brar, moderation. He says no matter what you do in life, good or bad, don’t overdo it.
Inputs from California Times
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