Growing up with grandparents adds something special to your life. They have time on their hands. Time to spoil you. Time to listen to you. Most of all, time to talk to you. If you're blessed to still have your grandparents around, use this time to learn from them. Here are some valuable lessons you can learn from the wisdom of your grandparents.
Putting Life into Perspective
When we're young, we focus on trivial things like the clothes we wear or impressing friends. As we get older, we worry about life's everyday problems. The car that breaks down, money matters, or that job we desperately want. Grandparents have been through it all before. They've learned that life goes on regardless. They've lost jobs and found new ones. They've been through lean days and abundant days. Through it all, they've learned that every situation eventually passes. They'll tell you it really is a waste of energy to sweat the small stuff.
Uncover Family History
Most human beings desire to know where they come from. It helps cement our identity. It's also fascinating to dig into the family background and uncover interesting information. Sure, you could dial the psychic hotline to reach out to family members from the past. But where better to start tracing the family tree than with granny and gramps? They can tell you all about your early family history. You may discover that your genealogy dates back to an exotic foreign land or that someone in your family was an influential member of society. Your grandparents also have a treasure trove of old family photographs. Most importantly, they'll teach you to treasure family and relationships.
Learn to Love Yourself
Many of us spend an enormous amount of time agonizing about how we look or where we fall short. If we could jump ahead in time to our older selves, we'll realize what an exercise in futility this is. Grandparents already know this. They're old and their bodies don't look or work the way they did when they were younger. Obsessing over our bodies all come to naught in the end. You don't need a phone psychic to tell you that there's no stopping the passage of time. So learn to love yourself, flaws and all.
Seize the Day
A common regret people have on their deathbed is not having had the courage to pursue certain dreams or postponing what they ultimately wanted to a later date. We think we have all the time in the world to do things later. Your grandparents thought the same thing. Then one day they woke up and found that time had run out. Listen to their story and take a valuable lesson away from it. Life is short and time goes by frighteningly quickly. There's a reason older people urge younger people to follow their dreams and live life to the fullest.
Grandparents' day is coming up on Sept. 10. It reminds us to appreciate and honor our grandparents before time runs out. Soak up their knowledge, anecdotes, and humor. Forget Google, there are certain things grandma or grandpa can tell you that no internet search can reveal!