This write up is dedicated to my 90 (not far off from 91) year old grandfather. With respect to this, here are 15 things i have learnt from my beautiful grandfather.
A great read in addition to the below is the novel THE BLUE ZONES by Dan Buettner, which captures tips and strategies for longevity found in the Blue Zones. This covers places in the world where a high number of centenarians live long, fulfilling lives.
So let’s continue…
- Indulge in the simple pleasures in life – like catching your own fish for lunch. Or, playing a game of bocce. Having a strong connection to community is also vital.
2. Engage in a form of physical activity daily. Most importantly one that involves grounding in nature. For example, tending to the vegetable garden, olive trees or working outside on the house.
3. Have a purpose in life. Such as, to stay connected with your roots and share that love and history with your family.
4. Keep things simple. As humans, complexity bias is our tendency to complicate things. In the words of Confucius ‘life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.’
5. Don’t be afraid to take a risk.
6. Speak your mind from a place of your truth. As a full embodiment of your true being.
7. Don’t be afraid to show emotion – shed a tear with loved ones, or literally express your love.
8. Celebrate your wins – like the catch of the day… BUT, humbly.
9. Rejoice – SING with and in front of family and friends. Do not shy away from this form of expression. More so, self expression in general.
10. Give thanks.
11. Eat an abundant amount of nutrient dense foods (in its purest form) – tomatoes, potatoes, spinach, onions, sardines. Have a glass of red wine with lunch. My granddad follows a Mediterranean approach to food/lifestyle. BUT, he has always been open to indulging in his sweet tooth.
12. Do not overthink.
13. Create and make things! My grandfather has always been extremely talented with his hands. He used to make me wooden stools, chests etc.
14. Have an afternoon siesta (if you can!)
15. Have faith.
There are many things I have learnt from my grandfather, but I have shared the above 15 with the hopes it will resonate with you. To the extent that you can adopt any tips for use when navigating the waves and sea of life.