My grandmother is the archetypal stylish matriarch and I have long envied the jackets and scarves and handbags in her collection. However it is her intrisic 'style' that transcends her wardrobe, an ability to team pieces together and always dress appropriately for every occasion, that I have always aspired to. It is as much in the way that she moves and holds her head as it is her shoes that makes her look so effortless and this elegance manifests itself around her in her home and garden and children as well.
Spending time with my grandmother as an adult has helped me considerably to see beyond the next ten years and further into my future. I know a lot of people who want to live fast and not consider the consequences but there are as many as thirty years post-retirement that can be some of the most wonderful years of your life if you have planned carefully. And thirty years is a very long time, it's longer than I have even been alive, so it is very foolish indeed not to begin to plan for that time. Financial capital and a large and stable family are the greatest assets you can have at a later age and are what will grant the freedom to live comfortably and happily. There is a saying that teenagers have time and energy but no money, adults have money and energy but no time and the elderly have time and money but no energy. But really that is an ideal scenario as all too often older people have only a dwindling amount of time. I want to enjoy my life and that means my old age too so I feel privileged to be able to learn from my grandmother about how to age gracefully and plan for the future while it counts.