Earlier this year, my Grandmother turned 90.
I am very lucky and very grateful that she is in my life, and she is incredibly wise.
Over the years, I have learned a lot from her words of wisdom and I wanted to share some if it with you.
Here is a list of some of the things my Gran has taught me …
1. What other people think of me is none of my business.
My Grandmother has helped me realise that life is too short to get caught up worrying what other people are thinking of you. This is one of the biggest things that can stop people being true to themselves. A guy might be a passionate artist but not do it for fear of what his mates might think. At the end of the day, great friend’s just want you to be happy so stop worrying what they think or say about you
2. It won’t last
Good times don’t last, and bad times don’t last.
3. Relationships are the number one thing to have when you are older
To have a friend is to be one first. Take time to keep relationships alive, because when you are older (after you no longer have any desire at all for career or financial goals), this is all that matters. No point being wealthy and lonely
4. Build relationships with younger people
Younger people will become your friends when you are older. Most of my Gran’s friends her age are dead, and she is very active with people 20 and 30 years younger than her.
5. Life is about having fun … so do what you love
My Grandmother has always taught me that success is about how much fun you have, so fill your days with fun and laughter. Don’t wait for the future to do this
6. Sing and Laugh
When I visit her, I always hear my Grandmother in the shower singing. It’s hard to not be happy when you sing (unless of course it’s a sad song!)
7. Don’t JUDGE others
Treat the beggar in the street the same as the most important person you know. Everyone is after the same thing – to be loved.
8. The only thing that matters is today …
… so stop worrying about yesterday or tomorrow. Before you know it, you will be 90 and realize you can’t undo the past and there is no point worrying about the future. Act as if you are 90 every day!
9. Never die wondering
You will be dead soon. Why would you allow fear to stop you living an amazing life that is full of love, laughter and living.
Would love to know what you think of my Gran’s lessons, and if you have any words of wisdom from your own Grandparents, I’d love for you to share them below.