These life lessons from wise women can inspire anyone, at any age!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
What really matters most in life? What’s the best way to navigate through the years? When it comes down to it – what’s it all about?
I’m not sure if even the most lauded of gurus has the answers to such questions. Ultimately, the answers are found within each of us. But that being said, we can certainly learn a lot from older people. Seniors have acquired loads of experience and wisdom that they can bequeath to younger generations.
This is something that Bupa’s care homes know well. This International Women’s Day, they’ve asked some of their elderly care home residents this question: what advice would you give to your younger self? Of course, that advice is applicable to all younger people in general, too.
And the answers are quite surprising. Because they’re quite simple! Read on to see more.
Simple Life Lessons From Wise Women
We couldn’t add all the photos that Bupa sent to us here. But I do know what all the messages said! To sum up, they were as follows:
- Be kind to everyone
- Don’t be afraid to be more ambitious
- Try not to worry too much
- Honesty is everything
- Be as good as you can be
- Life goes quickly – don’t forget to enjoy it
- Keep enjoying the small moments with your family
- Drink wine – twice a week!
- Enjoy what you have
- Look after yourself every day
- Have tolerance with other people
- Do what you can, when you can
- Be kind to yourself
- Make the most of your life today, as you don’t know what’s around the corner
- Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
- Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
- Be happy!
- Keep smiling
Advice to our younger selves
These life lessons from wise women really inspired me. But they got me thinking, too: what would younger women advise to their younger selves?
I asked a few of my colleagues. Here’s what they had to say.
Charlotte Lynham, Publicist and Editor, Bespoke Black Book: Don’t get hung up on failure, as failure is just success in progress. Looking back, despite lots of struggles, I would not change a thing, as it made me who I am today. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!
Noa Ben Moshe, Blogger, Style with a Smile: Everything is temporary. Whatever I am going through, as hard as it is, is gonna pass and the lessons I learn through the way will be so valuable and shape me into the woman I am today.
Claudia Vannini, Eluxe’s Astrologer: Go slowly and listen your heart.
Lora O’Brien, Food Editor, Eluxe Magazine: Don’t be afraid to divert from the crowd. You’ll feel lost for some time, but you will find yourself again.
Giovanna Sessi-Knott, Founder of the Morph Bag by GSK: Don’t try to please other people too much or try to conform with their expectations of you but trust yourself and your instincts and believe in your abilities to turn your OWN dreams into reality.
Sandra Hanns, CEO & Founder SFSFWI.org: Beautiful soul, pay attention to what makes your heart sing and do more of that. Go back often to the places that feed your soul. Explore the world freely, as soon as you are curious about it.
Jennifer Morozowich, Partner & Executive Recruiter, Junctioncollective.ca: You don’t always have to be in control of your life. Trust the process and let life unfold. Also: Be nicer to your siblings, because when you get older they will mean everything to you.
Chere Di Boscio, Editor in Chief, Eluxe Magazine: Listen to your heart. It knows more than your head. And don’t forget – love yourself. You yourself are the only person you’ll have at your side from cradle to grave.
Sruti S Raman, Blogger at Love and Blossoms: Growth is a journey, and everything is happening perfectly as should.
And as for me? I would just tell younger Chiara: Don’t worry so much. You will figure things as you go.
What would YOU say to your younger self?
Which was your favourite bit of counsel? We’d love to hear your comments on life lessons from wise women in the comments below!