BY: CAROLINE ROLF
Perhaps the advice we receive from our grandparents resonates with us is because it’s coming from someone with much more life experience. Sometimes, their advice doesn’t apply to present day at all and it becomes clear that their values and views come from what seems like a different world. But sometimes, the experiences and traits of our elders are timeless, and the advice they pass on can remind us that a joyful life doesn’t have to be complicated.
Over the last couple of years, 60+ year-old visitors have been answering a question on Reddit as to what advice or tips they would give to people half their age.
Although you don’t have to treat any advice you receive as the gospel or live by another’s words in absolute, I do believe it is important to listen to those who have accumulated a plethora of wisdom and apply their guide to your own journey. There will be many challenges to overcome and grow from in life. The world is waiting for the Y and Z generations to experience it in the fullest, so take it from the “life experts” who have learned and loved for far longer.
- The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.
- You might live a long life, or you might live a short one — who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.
- Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects; hold onto time and experiences instead.
- Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are you supposed to trust?
- People always say, “Make sure you get a job doing what you love!” But that isn’t the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every day.
- If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present moment and savour all that is beautiful and comforting. Take a deep breath, relax.
- Years go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependents, don’t buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. GO!
- Don’t take life so seriously. Even if things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life is.
- A true friend will come running if you call them at 2am. Everyone else is just an acquaintance.
- Children grow up way too fast. Make the most of the time you have with them.
- Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more. Work hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even yourself.
- Eat and exercise like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke— so you never actually become one.
- Maybe this one isn’t as profound as the others, but I think it’s important… Floss regularly, dental problems are awful.
- Don’t take anyone else’s advice as gospel. You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your situation into consideration and make your own decision. Essentially, take your own advice is my advice…
- The joints you damage today will get their revenge later. Even if you think they’ve recovered completely. TRUST ME!
- We have one time on this earth. Don’t wake up and realize that you are 60 years old and haven’t done the things you dreamed about.
- Appreciate the small things and be present in the moment. Well, it seems today like younger people are all about immediate gratification. Instead, why not appreciate every small moment? We don’t get to stay on this crazy/wonderful planet forever and the greatest pleasure can be found in the most mundane of activities. Instead of sending a text, pick up the phone and call someone. Call your mother, have a conversation about nothing in particular. Those are the moments to hold onto.
- Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.
- If you have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it anyway. It will only become more impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.
- When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget it all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes categories, are limiting your life, and other people’s lives.
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