Age is just a number, they say. Yet the vast majority of humanity is hooked on anti-aging skincare, anti-aging lifestyles, anti-aging everything. In fact, a survey has previously shown that a whopping 87% have a fear of getting old, also known as FOGO. Feeling anxious about wearing out before the warranty is something not entirely new to most people, but for many, the reservations revolve more around the outside rather than the inside.

But what if we told you that some seniors go way up the cool-ometer, leaving us, the self-obsessed millennials, far behind? You gotta see it to believe it, so ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Bored Panda’s compilation of the coolest elders.

From a smashing sense of humor to incredible skills, enviable physical shape, and the most youthful mindset, there’s a lot to learn from these badasses who may not have turned back time, but figured out how to get the most out of it. Psst! Our previous post with 90 Grandmas Who Are More Badass Than You awaits right here.

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My 86yo Grandmother And Her Handmade Needle Point Chair. 25 Years In The Making And 14 Threads Per Inch

My 86yo Grandmother And Her Handmade Needle Point Chair. 25 Years In The Making And 14 Threads Per Inch

She used to pick up road kill from the side of the road to compare thread colours. She also bought a peacock for colour comparison. I am not allowed to sit in it.

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Hannah Edwards
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6 months ago

I hope no one is allowed to sit in it! It’s lovely!

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A Grandpa Got A Cochlea Implant Tattoo To Become Like His Grandson

A Grandpa Got A Cochlea Implant Tattoo To Become Like His Grandson

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Sowieso
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6 months ago

That is love, and just the right amount of crazy.

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Bored Panda contacted Susan Petang, a certified life coach teaching adults and teens, to find out what she had to say about fear of growing old and how not to let your age define you. Susan runs “Quiet Zone Coaching” where she teaches essential life skills and coping tools people need when stress is overwhelming and life is hard.

“I think we ALL think about growing old, don't we?” she continued: “Whether it's because an elderly relative reminds us; we get sick, weak and then worry we'll never get better; or we swear we're never going to be like our parents when we get to be that age, thoughts of getting older and curiosity about what it will be like must cross everybody's mind at some point.”

#3

Nearly Every Day This Elderly Women Stands With This Sign Up, Facing The Traffic

Nearly Every Day This Elderly Women Stands With This Sign Up, Facing The Traffic

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Y T
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6 months ago

You go girl!

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#4

Punk Grandma

Punk Grandma

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Laura Ann
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6 months ago

I bet if she knew she'd be able to pull off that pink Mohawk so well she would have done it a lot sooner!! A true star indeed!

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According to Susan, not allowing society to define our personality is something that isn't related to age. “If we develop a healthy self-confidence and self-esteem, we won't feel the need to conform to society's definition of what's acceptable for someone of [X] age—no matter what that age is.”

Moreover, the life coach argues that “as long as what we're doing doesn't hurt us or someone else, doesn't conflict with our values, and we're willing to accept whatever consequences come from that action, go for it! If others don't like it... Well, too bad.”

#5

Bought My Grandma An iPad. She's 84 And Never Had A Tablet, And Wanted It For "Art". I Bought ArtRage For Her And Left Her Alone With Her New Toy For 30 Minutes

Bought My Grandma An iPad. She's 84 And Never Had A Tablet, And Wanted It For "Art". I Bought ArtRage For Her And Left Her Alone With Her New Toy For 30 Minutes

This is what I came back to.

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Sowieso
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6 months ago

Wow, she is amazingly talented! And nice to see she keeps challenging and re-inventing herself!

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#6

My Grandmother On Her 100th Birthday

My Grandmother On Her 100th Birthday

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Grandma is beautiful! Look at that radiant smile!

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Susan also reminds everyone that people are going to think what they want to think, regardless of what we say or do, “might as well enjoy the ride and enjoy life,” she added.

When asked how age does change our personalities, Susan said that “as we get older, our perspective changes, our value system can shift, and we become wiser from all the experience we've racked up. Our personality may seem to change.”

#7

Was Visiting My Grandma And Found This Photo From Her New Years Cruise

Was Visiting My Grandma And Found This Photo From Her New Years Cruise

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Aurelia!
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6 months ago

well then

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#8

Old Man Sideways Holding Onto A Vertical Pole

Old Man Sideways Holding Onto A Vertical Pole

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Aurelia!
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6 months ago

Impressive, but also, who doesn't give a grandpa a preferred seat? Rude.

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“From my own perspective, things that I used to think were important aren't so much. I've grown to understand that intensity of opinion isn't going to convince anyone of anything, and why would I want to try, anyway? So, others may see that as a change in personality, but I just see a more laid-back and accepting (maybe even wiser?) version of myself.”

#9

My Grandpa Water Skiing On His 91st Birthday This Week

My Grandpa Water Skiing On His 91st Birthday This Week

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Aurelia!
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6 months ago

Wow, that takes skills especially at that age!

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#10

I Just Found Out That My Grandmother Has Spent Her Time During Covid Hitting The Weights, She Turns 85 Next Week

I Just Found Out That My Grandmother Has Spent Her Time During Covid Hitting The Weights, She Turns 85 Next Week

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troufaki13
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6 months ago

She looks 60!! Wow!!

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On the other hand, some of us don't realize that we're getting older, argues the life coach. “There's an old joke that says, 'Life is like a roll of toilet paper; the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.' Time flies. We don't realize that we're not 35, or 40, or 45 anymore. Those of us who don't realize how 'old' we've become still have the same attitude we did many years ago—we just haven't figured out that those years have passed.”

Susan also said that it often happens that we think we can still do the things we used to do. “Some of us (like the people in these photos) have refused to let their age hold them back from being who they want to be—so they've taken steps to physically stay in shape,” she concluded.

#11

This Grandma Just Turned 105 Years Old Today

This Grandma Just Turned 105 Years Old Today

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Yes, blessed indeed. Happy birthday!

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#12

My Aunt’s First Selfie With Her First-Ever Smartphone She Got For Christmas

My Aunt’s First Selfie With Her First-Ever Smartphone She Got For Christmas

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troufaki13
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6 months ago

Love the t-shirt!! lmao

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#13

Just Saw The Coolest Old Man At The Wine Festival

Just Saw The Coolest Old Man At The Wine Festival

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Sowieso
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6 months ago

This picture really made me laugh!

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#14

My Grandmother 77 Graduated With Her PhD And Is The University’s Oldest Graduate. It’s Never Too Late

My Grandmother 77 Graduated With Her PhD And Is The University’s Oldest Graduate. It’s Never Too Late

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

Congrats!!!

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#15

My Facebook Friend Posted This Earlier Today With The Description: "How My Humble Great Grandmother Spent A Week With All Of Her Sisters After She Beat Cancer"

My Facebook Friend Posted This Earlier Today With The Description: "How My Humble Great Grandmother Spent A Week With All Of Her Sisters After She Beat Cancer"

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Premislaus de Colo
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6 months ago

Hell's Grannies

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#16

My Grandfather Is A Champ

My Grandfather Is A Champ

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

Congratulations frank!!!

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#17

Cool Cookies From A Cool Grandpa

Cool Cookies From A Cool Grandpa

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6 months ago

JoJo character

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#18

This Was How My Grandparents Celebrated Their 60th Wedding Anniversary

This Was How My Grandparents Celebrated Their 60th Wedding Anniversary

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Andrew Gibb
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6 months ago

tripping the light fantastic

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#19

My 60-Year-Old Uncle Shredding In Kauai

My 60-Year-Old Uncle Shredding In Kauai

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Jo Morris
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6 months ago

He could visit Australia in summer, wear Christmas-y shorts and a Santa hat, then go surfing, fitting right in to an Aussie Beach Christmas theme.

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#20

My 101-Year-Old Neighbor Was So Ready For The Eclipse

My 101-Year-Old Neighbor Was So Ready For The Eclipse

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Aurelia!
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6 months ago

SUN chips lolllllll she punny too

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#21

My 97-Year-Old Great-Grandma. She Lives Alone, Drives Herself, Mows Her Lawn, Loves Sexy Men, And Drinks On The Regular. This Is Her Proving She Can Touch Her Toes

My 97-Year-Old Great-Grandma. She Lives Alone, Drives Herself, Mows Her Lawn, Loves Sexy Men, And Drinks On The Regular. This Is Her Proving She Can Touch Her Toes

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Aurelia!
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6 months ago

FEISTY GREAT GRANDMA

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#22

My Grandpa, At 86, Still Making And Improving His Death Star Fire Pits

My Grandpa, At 86, Still Making And Improving His Death Star Fire Pits

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Sowieso
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6 months ago

Wow, that is an amazing level of skillmanship! Also a kill-man-ship?

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#23

I Ordered A Wonder Woman Costume Online. It Was A Little Big For Me When It Arrived And My Grandmother Said She Wanted To Try It On. This Is The Fabulous Result

I Ordered A Wonder Woman Costume Online. It Was A Little Big For Me When It Arrived And My Grandmother Said She Wanted To Try It On. This Is The Fabulous Result

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Grandma makes a great Wonder woman.

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#24

My Grandpa At 72 Years Old

My Grandpa At 72 Years Old

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Roland
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6 months ago

Damn

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#25

My Beautiful Grandma Doing The Splits After Her 80th Birthday Party Last Night

My Beautiful Grandma Doing The Splits After Her 80th Birthday Party Last Night

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

This is great!

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#26

My 87-Year-Old Step Grandmother Decided It Was Time To Get A Tattoo

My 87-Year-Old Step Grandmother Decided It Was Time To Get A Tattoo

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Betty Boop!

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#27

My Grandpa Is A Retired Mathematician. He Got Bored, So He Decided To Build A Castle By Hand. It's Been Like 4 Years, But He's Gettin' There

My Grandpa Is A Retired Mathematician. He Got Bored, So He Decided To Build A Castle By Hand. It's Been Like 4 Years, But He's Gettin' There

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Oh, that is beautiful.

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#28

My Grandma Passed Away Recently, I Thought I'd Share This Favorite Photo Of Mine. This Was A Gift To My Parents Christmas 2008

My Grandma Passed Away Recently, I Thought I'd Share This Favorite Photo Of Mine. This Was A Gift To My Parents Christmas 2008

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Y T
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6 months ago

Thug life

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#29

My 74-Year-Old Grandpa With COPD And I On A Roller Coaster. He Was So Excited

My 74-Year-Old Grandpa With COPD And I On A Roller Coaster. He Was So Excited

This picture is about a year old. My grandpa really wanted to go on the ride, told us he hadn’t been in so many years. The elderly man operating the coaster understood that and let us on. I’m squeezing the oxygen on the side so it didn’t slip. My gramps laughed the entire trip!

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Y T
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6 months ago

Omg amazing

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#30

Today My 73-Year-Old Grandma Finally Graduates High School

Today My 73-Year-Old Grandma Finally Graduates High School

She couldn't finish high school as a kid because she had to help the family, but she always regretted never graduating.

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Cosmetica Solist
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6 months ago

That's amazing! Forget about 30 under 30 lists and stuff like that. This is a real achievement!

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#31

My 106-Year-Old Great-Great-Grand-Aunt On Her 105th Birthday. She Acts Like She's Hardly 80

My 106-Year-Old Great-Great-Grand-Aunt On Her 105th Birthday. She Acts Like She's Hardly 80

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

She looks wayy younger than 105!

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#32

Grandma Cosplayed As Olenna Tyrell

Grandma Cosplayed As Olenna Tyrell

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Keating_5
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6 months ago

That’s awesome 😎

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#33

The Grandparents From This Weekend's Wedding. No Words

The Grandparents From This Weekend's Wedding. No Words

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

They had a great time

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#34

Nearly 100-Year-Old Woman "Arrested" To Fulfill Bucket List Item

Nearly 100-Year-Old Woman "Arrested" To Fulfill Bucket List Item

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Aurelia!
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6 months ago

I wonder what she did to get arrested...

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#35

My 90 Year Old Grandma Just Ran, Not Walked, Ran Her First 5k

My 90 Year Old Grandma Just Ran, Not Walked, Ran Her First 5k

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

How cool is that? I won't even run for the bus.

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#36

My Grandma Died Today. In Her Life, She Was Kidnapped By Gypsys, Shouted At Ghosts, And Owned A Bar For 20 Years

My Grandma Died Today. In Her Life, She Was Kidnapped By Gypsys, Shouted At Ghosts, And Owned A Bar For 20 Years

Her last words to me before I moved out west were: "Whatever you do, don't marry an eskimo"

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Dominique Connors
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6 months ago

I need to read this lady’s life story

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#37

I Found Out Today That My Grandpa Ordered A Better Gaming Rig Than Myself And Any Of My Friends

I Found Out Today That My Grandpa Ordered A Better Gaming Rig Than Myself And Any Of My Friends

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K2D2
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6 months ago

Me in the future still gaming and all:

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#38

My Grandmother Turned 100 Last October, This Is Her Doing The Plank For 30 Seconds

My Grandmother Turned 100 Last October, This Is Her Doing The Plank For 30 Seconds

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

Stronger than me 😔✋

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#39

This Is My 96-Year-Old Grandma That Lives Alone And Can Walk Around Without A Cane, Walker Or Wheelchair And Who Waters Her Flowers By Being Lifted Up On A Tractor

This Is My 96-Year-Old Grandma That Lives Alone And Can Walk Around Without A Cane, Walker Or Wheelchair And Who Waters Her Flowers By Being Lifted Up On A Tractor

Also she can remember the thing she ate for dinner 3 years ago. Sharp as a tack.

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Your grandma is awesome. I'd love to be able to keep my wits about me as I age.

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#40

My Great-Grandmother, Born In 1899, Never Met Her, But Definitely A Legend

My Great-Grandmother, Born In 1899, Never Met Her, But Definitely A Legend

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Hannah Edwards
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6 months ago

I think I’m seeing my future!

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#41

I Think My Great-Grandma Is Pretty Damn Stylish For A 95-Year-Old. And She Still Drives Her Own Car. Not At Night Though

I Think My Great-Grandma Is Pretty Damn Stylish For A 95-Year-Old. And She Still Drives Her Own Car. Not At Night Though

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

I love grandma's classic style. it's very flattering.

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#42

Birthday Present From My Grandma. She Gets It, Man

Birthday Present From My Grandma. She Gets It, Man

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Kevin Donegan
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6 months ago

Grandma really loves you!

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#43

What My 80-Year-Old Grandmother Did When Told To "Dress Up As A Ninja"

What My 80-Year-Old Grandmother Did When Told To "Dress Up As A Ninja"

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Keating_5
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6 months ago

Haha! XD

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#44

My Friend Posted A Picture Of Her Grandparents On Thanksgiving, It Definitely Needed More Exposure. Cheers To Being This Cool When I'm Old

My Friend Posted A Picture Of Her Grandparents On Thanksgiving, It Definitely Needed More Exposure. Cheers To Being This Cool When I'm Old

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

(-_- )(`ᗜ´🖕

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#45

74-Year-Old Grandpa Doing Some BBQ, Enjoying Life

74-Year-Old Grandpa Doing Some BBQ, Enjoying Life

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Nica Van
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6 months ago

Wow!

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#46

My Great-Grandma On Her 100th Birthday Today

My Great-Grandma On Her 100th Birthday Today

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

S'up?

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#47

My 76-Year-Old Grandpa Dressed Up As Elton John For Halloween. My Grandma Said It Was The First Time She Put Rouge And An Earring On Her Husband

My 76-Year-Old Grandpa Dressed Up As Elton John For Halloween. My Grandma Said It Was The First Time She Put Rouge And An Earring On Her Husband

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Konpat
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6 months ago

I love this so much

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#48

My Grandma Texted Me Saying She Was Racing Today, Then Sent This Picture

My Grandma Texted Me Saying She Was Racing Today, Then Sent This Picture

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

SHE FASTT

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#49

My 96-Year-Old Grandma Playing VR Right Now

My 96-Year-Old Grandma Playing VR Right Now

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Andrew Gibb
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6 months ago

she looks like a guitar hero

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#50

Like A Boss

Like A Boss

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

That must've impressed his friends º–º

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