Wherever you may be in the world, grandmas are always a source of infinite wisdom, only the very best advice and a pair of ears to listen to your woes.
Maybe your grandma is not around anymore, but I’m sure their messages will stay with you forever and will be passed on in the future! Here’s what mine taught me…
#1 Save, save, save!
As she always said “build a nest egg”. My grandparents have saved up ever since they earned their first pay checks back in the 60s. Times were tough but they learned that if they ever wanted something, they would have to save for it. They’re now retired but from having life savings and working hard they have a well-earned and lovely home!
#2 Nothing is handed to you on a plate
I’ve never simply just been handed over something (unless it’s my birthday) from her. When I was a child I used to do the weeding in the garden and the ironing to get pocket money! I think that is the root to me being an independent Career Girl today. I’ve always wanted to earn my own money from a young age.
#3 Be hospitable
My grandma is always running around after us when we go round for lunch! She loves to play the host and makes us delicious homemade dishes. Her hostess with the mostess attitude has certainly rubbed off on me and I find myself running around after my family and friends who come to stay. As long as it’s appreciated I don’t mind! I think being hospitable is a great attribute to have and one that should never die out.
#4 If you’re not happy then say something
My grandma Christine is as down to earth as they get and would never hold back from speaking her mind. She is the queen of venting and my granddad hates it! Usually it’s something hot in current affairs that’s bothering her. I’m a bit of a ranter myself so she loves it when I come round so we both can blow off some steam.
Another funny thing she always tells me is she doesn’t understand why people in restaurants keep quiet even if there’s a fly in their soup – I think it might be one of those overly polite British problems. Or it can apply to people being rude, she would certainly put them back in their place before they can open their mouth again. Go grandma!
#5 Be determined to be positive
Understand that the greater part of your misery or unhappiness is determined not by your circumstances, but by your attitude. So smile at those who often try to begrudge or hurt you, show them what’s missing in their life and what they can’t take away from you.
A great relationship exists as the emotional space between two people; it is always there. It is not about frequency of contact; it is not about need. At some point in your life you might be like ships in the night, but a great relationship is all about trust.
#7 Being strong
My grandma is the strongest person I know and she’s been through a lot over the years; but she’s always carried on. It’s a great lesson to know. When things get tough you just have to keep calm and carry on!
#8 We have it easy these days
Yep, I know they tell you that a lot, but hearing what my grandma’s life in the 60s entailed certainly makes me appreciate little things more today. Woo washing machines!
#9 If it’s not bringing you joy then get rid of it
Have things around the home that spark joy, if it no longer does then get rid of it as it can become clutter.
#10 To not take life too seriously
You’re not going to be around forever so make the most of your life. Travel, make memories, live, love and laugh… oh and definitely don’t be afraid to eat that slice of cake you’re eyeing up.
What did your grandma teach you? We would love to know!
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