Words of Wisdom from Winnie Waugh, My Maternal Grandmother

This is an imaginary interview with my grandmother, Winnie Waugh. I believe this is very much what she would say if she were sitting here with me.

Grandma, what words of wisdom can you impart to me after your long life?

Words of wisdom? Haha. I have plenty.

  1. Do not suffer fools gladly. Use your brain to form your own opinions and don’t let anyone impose any half-baked ideas on you.
  2. Do what you damn well please. You can listen to the opinions of others, but make up your own mind and follow it no matter what anybody else says.
  3. Travel as much as you’re able. Getting out and seeing the world will open your mind to new ideas and possibilities and also give you new experiences to talk about.
  4. It’s your job to make your community a better place. Don’t wait for others to do it. Look up and out and when you spot something that needs changing, then get moving. It’s your social responsibility to do what you can to make this world a better place.
  5. Recognize the importance of family. We are together on this earth for a reason and it’s important to value those who are in your closest circle.
  6. Keep your mind sharp by doing activities that make you stretch and grow. Play cards, organize events and take chances so that you can keep yourself moving forward.
  7. Appreciate your heritage. You come from a long line of people who have pushed themselves out of their comfort zones to create a better life. Recognize this is part of your duty as a proud member of our family.
  8. Do not waste your time on frivolous activities. Have fun but do so with some purpose in mind. Life is short. Seize every moment and live.

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