25 Life Lessons from a 99 year old Grandfather!

25 Life Lessons from a 99 year old Grandfather!

There's much we can learn about life and happiness from our wise elders. In fact in days gone past, and even still today in many other cultures, older people were revered for their knowledge, wisdom and experience. 

Why then, do so many of us disrespect and disparage older people? Why does the research indicate that older people are typically seen as hopeless and useless? 

I think this is very sad; and I think this is a situation that means we all lose out! 

But today I want to do my bit to turn this around by sharing with you this lovely article from the Huffington Post in which one older person shares his wisdom and 25 life lessons that would probably help all of us enjoy more happiness and success! So read on and feel free to share…

by Yagana Shah

When you need advice, you ask someone who knows best. When you need life advice, you go to someone who's seen it all. And who could be better than a great-grandfather with 99 years of life experience under his belt?

Recently, PopSugar's Macy Williams, wrote about her nonagenarian great-grandfather, known in the family as "Grandpa Cheese," and his life lessons we can all apply. Williams calls him an "inspirational man." "He has experienced so much in life — love, loss, triumph, and failure. And through all of that he has continued to remain himself and keep people laughing while he's at it," Williams told Huff/Post50 in an email.

Grandpa, whose real name is Andy Anderson, is chock full of advice. After all, he's had quite the incredible life. He never went to college, but ended up being the national dairy manager for grocery store chain Safeway. He also was married for nearly 70 years — until his wife passed away. He said it was love at first sight.

He's looking forward to his 100th birthday next May, which he hopes to spend with his family (while enjoying some hot buttered rum and brie cheese, he tells us). "I feel pretty good about getting older. I may be 99, but I am still learning and experiencing new things everyday. You never stop learning. Age is not just a number, it's a badge of all my life experiences," he told Huff/Post50 in an email.

The most important thing he's learned? "Family is precious. Family is the most influential element of your life from the moment you're born until the moment you die. Your family shapes who you are as a person." Beautiful.

Here's Grandpa Cheese's full list of 25 life lessons, as told to PopSugar:

  1. Always maintain a good sense of humor.

  2. Never be too good to start at the bottom.

  3. Exercise every single day, even when you don't feel like it.

  4. Don't spend more money than you make.

  5. Drink orange juice every day.

…Keep reading the full and original story HERE