Last month, my amazing grandmother turned the big nine-oh and if you’ve follow me on Instagram you may be aware that I devote so much of my life and time to her. I do this because all my life she has been the most selfless and caring person I have ever come across in this world, so I thought I would share an aspect of her outlook on life that I think everything can learn a bit from.
Do anything and everything while you still can
Most people can’t believe it when I tell them she turned 90 as she is amazing for her age as she has not let her age change anything about how she lives her life. I mean, how many 90-year-olds show up to their birthday party on the back of a Harley?
She also cannot be stopped when it comes to the garden and will not let exhaustion stop her from anything. Even when it probably should.
Grandma thinks everyone should do everything while they still can or you’ll regret it. Don’t let anything stop you from making the most out of everything; whether it be your age, money situation or whether you’re just plain scared to.
Do the right thing even if you don’t want to
Whatever the “right thing” may be is, of course, up to you. What you recognize as being the right thing, you should do, whether it be the right thing towards yourself or towards others.
We always feel more accomplished when we don’t have to compromise our own values and morals and when we do something beneficial for us or for someone else. It is so healthy to give and I can see how it has improved my Grandma’s life as she never thinks back to times when she should have done the right thing, because she knew to do it when it was necessary.
Be kind and thoughtful to others
My Grandma has two children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and each and the lives of each of us are so enriched by our Grandma as she has devoted her life to loving and giving to other people. She is the matriarch of our family and all of us now devote our lives to her as she has to us during her entire life.
Every single person at her birthday also spoke of how giving she was in the biggest and in the smallest ways. While people in the local supermarket of the small town we live in will even stop and talk to me about how Grandma has touched their lives even in the smallest of ways.
While Grandma knows to still look after and treat herself, she is still the least material-oriented person you could ever meet. Convincing her to simply buy a new dress for her grand-daughters wedding was beyond a mission as she already had too many dresses (approx. 2 appropriate for anywhere but the garden). While she refused for months to have a birthday for her 90th as she didn’t want to put people out of their way as most people would have to travel.
Here’s a reminder…
Live your life, do the right thing, be thoughtful to others and most importantly, learn these kind of lessons from the model people in your life and show them your appreciation.
Now tell me…
Have your grandparents taught you any lessons on life you won’t forget?
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