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Sometimes, just sometimes, old people say something worth listening to. Ok, so it's like picking the needle out of a whole haystack of mis-remembered war stories, but those gems should be celebrated.

Tell us something worthwhile an old-type person has told you.

Note, we're leaving the definition of old up to you, you smooth-skinned youngsters.

(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 16:16)
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My gran is losing the plot a bit these days, but she is my hero.
She was a single mother, worked all her life, passionate about politics and the rights of the worker, and has never let anyone make her ashamed of who she is and where she is from.

I love her to bits.

She's given me four very important bits of advice: -

1) Always earn enough to pay your own rent, even if your man is paying it for you - you never know when you will need to be independent, and having a life outside your home stops you becoming a clingy, needy individual.

2) Never let any man talk down to you. Ever.

3) Have as much sex as humanly possible, with no guilt, no shame, and no regrets. She taught me that I should have sex because I wanted to, not because someone forced me into it, but that to deny myself pleasure because of a misguided fear of damaging my reputation was stupid. Her biggest regret is that she didn't put it about more as a young woman.

4) People in power only hold that power because you allow them to. If they abuse that power, you can take it away from them. This applies to relationships, employers, landlords, councils and the Government.

I love my gran I do.
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 16:57, 9 replies)
your gran sounds like a sound person
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 17:05, closed)
Your gran sounds great...
...just hope she's stopped putting it about now EEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 17:08, closed)
I love her too
especially for point 1. My old dad used to tell me to have a man in my life because I wanted him, not because I needed him. In other words, be independent even when part of a couple.
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 17:23, closed)
All of those are fantastic
Especially to hear three and four from an old lady! All respect to her! :)
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 17:27, closed)
All very sound advice.
And all things that I can see myself telling my own daughter, even the bit about sex.

(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 17:28, closed)
I Lke your gran.
I especially like rule number 1. Us men are pigs.
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 18:01, closed)
Your gran sounds like a great woman :)
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 18:03, closed)
All solid advice.
(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 19:25, closed)
Your gran
For prime minister

got my vote
(, Fri 20 Jun 2008, 10:02, closed)

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