Life Instructions from a 95-year old.

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I’ve always wanted to have a grandfather.

But due to unexpected life shortcuts, both of them were gone long before I could sit on their lap and play with their white beard and hear stories from when the world didn’t use to end.

Now, my imaginary grandfather looks a lot like the one in the picture. In the long, winter nights, we sit by the fireplace and in the summer, we occupy our swinging chairs in the porch, with a blanket of stars over our heads. And he says all these simple, breathable things to me, hoping that I at least get to do some of them, so when I’m 95 I can laugh like that, with no teeth.

Caught in my 21st century, postmodern ADD, it doesn’t seem like I’m listening… but deep down, my tired heart is taking notes.

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“I don’t believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun.” 

~ Virginia Woolf


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About Andrea Balt

Co-Founder / Editor in Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Creativity Curator at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Brains & Beauty + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her Monthly Stroke of Renaissance.


26 Responses to “Life Instructions from a 95-year old.”

  1. Mamaste says:

    Beautiful, as always, Andrea….<3. ~Mamaste

  2. karlsaliter says:

    I miss having a dog!
    Wait there's an algebra smiley?
    Just posted to Elephant Spirituality on Facebook.

  3. Robert says:

    Printing this out and posting on the refrigerator – and removing everything else.

  4. Thorsvin says:

    But what about cats? So much better than dogs!

  5. ValCarruthers says:

    Another hot pairing from Andrea's interstellar matchmaking service. 😉

    Just posted to "Popular Lately" on the Elephant Spirituality Homepage.

    Valerie Carruthers
    Please go and "Like" Elephant Spirituality on Facebook

  6. Eric says:

    "marry only for homemade brownies" (just sayin…. 🙂

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    Thank you, I liked that.

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  11. oz_ says:

    Minus 'wear polished shoes' – accepting all the others. Thx Andrea – superb list to review from time to time…

  12. Janet Stapleton says:

    Anyone seen “Tangled”? This gentleman HAS to Be the inspiration for the Cupid character!!!!! Pretty great advice he gives too!

  13. Bridget says:

    FYI: this list is pulled from Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown Jr. ( The whole book is worth a read.

  14. brianna says:

    i read this once online and then forgot what it was called… i just spent i don't know how long looking for it, and then a half hour reading it.

  15. ankiss34 says:

    Wonderful list! I love getting wisdom from older adults. They can teach us so much.

  16. blong says:

    This is a list that requires frequent rereading. It also makes me want to visit my grandfather… He is 95. ROADTRIP!

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