5 things we can learn from our grandparents

1. Be romantic

Love letters, late night walks, even holding hands; the past is full of small ways to ignite magic into a relationship. I’m a bit of an old soul and I desperately tire of this non-exclusivity attitude of today. I was once told there is a different between ‘seeing somebody’ and ‘dating’ them, well I don’t believe there is, or at least there shouldn’t be. If you both like each other then a relationship should be entered with the intention that it is going somewhere.

Relationships should be meaningful as well as passionate; And even though they don’t always have a happy ending they will have had value.

This mixture of ardour and chivalry is what the best love stories are made from. Let’s be honest, who didn’t feel some sort of romantic liberation when Sybil ran away to marry Tom?

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2. Have a healthy work ethic

Nothing in this life is truly free, it would be nice if it was but sadly that’s not the case. My great grandma once said ‘If a job is worth doing it’s worth doing properly’ and she was quite right; especially if you want to avoid a lifetime of bad karma and guilt.

People took a lot of pride in their work and don’t forget a lot of people fought for equal working rights, their hard work is not something to be dismissed.

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3. Take pride in your appearance

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pyjama day as much as the next person but there is something empowering about dressing up. It kick starts your day and gives you the confidence to face the world. It seems a shame that it is really only reserved for a night out.

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4. Embrace nature

Nature is such an inspiring thing, it is the basis for most poetry and Jane Eyre is ripe with natural symbolism. Go for a walk and feel the dew between your fingertips; your health will thank you for it.

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5. Get back to basics

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Turn the television off, unplug the router (although not till you’ve finished reading this) and write a letter instead.

Declutter your mind and home alike and everything will have much more clarity and sentimentality. After all William Morris said “Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”  06f4781a0a40fac3a49d3bf0d42411b6[1]

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