When you get stuck in a rut or just need a few words of wisdom to point you in the right direction, you’re bound to turn to someone with storied life experience — someone who’s been there. And when it comes to people who’ve been there, done that, lived to tell the tale, and are happy to pass on the pearls, you can’t get much better than grandpas life advice.
On the eve of my wedding, I remember my grandfather (known in our family as “Papa”) pulling me aside to give me an invaluable tip about life and love: “Try your best not to speak out of anger, and never go to bed angry.” Over the years, I’ve learned that failing to follow this life advice is a surefire way to say things I’ll wind up regretting.
We could all use a little more guidance like that, right? So, we decided to turn to social media to source some of the best life advice doled out by grandfathers all over. Read it and live it, friends.
And if you’re still fortunate enough to have your grandfathers around, ask them yourself. It’ll be one of the best things you ever do for yourself. Of course, feel free to share your favorite words of wisdom from Grandpa with us!
“Your opinion is valuable, but you can’t force it on others. The only way you will inspire is by being the real alive positive example.”
Someone needed to hear this today. In fact, we’re fairly certain most of the internet could use the reminder.
Since I was a little kid, my grandfather used to tell me: "Your opinion is valuable, but you can't force it on others. The only way you will inspire is by being the real alive positive example". Thank you grandpa, such a precious piece of advice! pic.twitter.com/eTh5cZ1vgR
“When you have to choose between having fun and being good, go have fun.”
Granted, living like this all the time would probably court trouble. But when a 95-year-old grandpa tells you to be a little bad sometimes, you have to realize he’s looking back at a long life and probably wishing he’d done the same more often. You only live once, right?
Life advice from my 95 year old great grandpa:
"When you have to choose between having fun and being good, go have fun"
“Live your life so people show up to your funeral to praise your character, not to make sure you’re dead.”
FWIW, this grandpa’s other favorite kernel of truth to give out was “You’re not drunk unless you come home and smell the flowers printed on the Lino floor.” So, basically, he’s definitely a truth-sayer.
Best advice Grandpa ever gave me; Live your life so people show up to your funeral to praise your character, not to make sure you're dead.
“We work all our lives and then don’t get to enjoy retirement because we’re too old and not able. Take time for yourself now while you can.”
While not everyone has the ability to take time for themselves in big ways, the important takeaway from this grandpa’s advice is to be an active participant in your own life.
I've been off for nearly two years after a 20+ year grind. I've been following advice handed down to me from my grandpa, "we work all our lives and then don't get to enjoy retirement because we're too old and not able, take time for yourself now while you can"