15 LESSONS People Learn Too Late In Life
The 10 Best Life Lessons We Learned From Our Grandparents
1. Fake it 'til you make it. "My grandma pretended to be a nurse so she could escape Poland during World War II. She's a badass. Still killin' it at 92 and making us carry around her designer bags for her." —Gab S.
2. Always smile. "My grandmother always insists that you'll attract a lot more bees with honey than with vinegar. Be sweet to others, and they'll be just as sweet back to you." —Sasha H.
3. Never be bored. "My grandfather taught me if you feel bored, you should be working. He was a small town's village trustee for 55+ years, retired in his 80s, then got bored and ran again." —Samantha E.
4. Food is everything. "There's a phrase that my grandpa says literally every time I see him that basically means 'eat well' in Yiddish." —Rebecca S.
5. Never turn down a breath mint."My Grandma Pauline taught me that whether or not the person offering the mint was insinuating that I needed the mint or was just being polite, the downside to taking the mint (with OK breath) was nil. Whereas the downside to passing on the mint with bad breath was ginormous. I always take the mint, and then I don't take it personally." —Stephanie D.
6. Eat clean."My Grandma Jennie was all about farm to table before it was popular. Her advice was to NEVER make a dish for family or friends that came out of a can—especially enchilada sauce." —Donna D.
7. Never stop learning. "In addition to being a voracious reader, my grandmother went back to school in her 70s and wrote two books." —Rachel M.
8. Take care of what you have."I didn't realize it as a kid, but looking back I recognize that my grandfather kept everything he owned—even items he used regularly like sneakers, swim trunks and his car—in pristine condition, and they lasted and lasted because of it. I still have and use his electric leaf blower from decades ago and each time I return it to my garage I find myself taking extra care wrapping up the cord and placing it on the shelf because I know that's exactly how he'd do it and it's the only way it's going to last another decade or more." —Taryn M.
9. Be a bookworm. "My grandparents taught me that if you feel sad or have nobody to talk to, read a favorite book and then have imaginary conversations with your favorite character. I passedhoursthat way when I was little." —Alina H.
10. Find happiness in everything."Our grandma taught us to find joy in things no matter what. Whether she was cracking a joke or showing us her latest trinket (she loves collecting thimbles), she always found a way to be happy, laugh and look at the bright side of things." —Massiel and Marlisse C.
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