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.
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.
A Grandpa Got A Cochlea Implant Tattoo To Become Like His Grandson
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.”
Nearly Every Day This Elderly Women Stands With This Sign Up, Facing The Traffic
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.”
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.
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.”
Was Visiting My Grandma And Found This Photo From Her New Years Cruise
“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.”
I Just Found Out That My Grandmother Has Spent Her Time During Covid Hitting The Weights, She Turns 85 Next Week
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.
My Aunt’s First Selfie With Her First-Ever Smartphone She Got For Christmas
My Grandmother 77 Graduated With Her PhD And Is The University’s Oldest Graduate. It’s Never Too Late
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 Grandfather Is A Champ
This Was How My Grandparents Celebrated Their 60th Wedding Anniversary
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 Grandpa, At 86, Still Making And Improving His Death Star Fire Pits
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
My Beautiful Grandma Doing The Splits After Her 80th Birthday Party Last Night
My 87-Year-Old Step Grandmother Decided It Was Time To Get A Tattoo
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 Grandma Passed Away Recently, I Thought I'd Share This Favorite Photo Of Mine. This Was A Gift To My Parents Christmas 2008
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!
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.
My 106-Year-Old Great-Great-Grand-Aunt On Her 105th Birthday. She Acts Like She's Hardly 80
Grandma Cosplayed As Olenna Tyrell
Nearly 100-Year-Old Woman "Arrested" To Fulfill Bucket List Item
My 90 Year Old Grandma Just Ran, Not Walked, Ran Her First 5k
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"
I Found Out Today That My Grandpa Ordered A Better Gaming Rig Than Myself And Any Of My Friends
My Grandmother Turned 100 Last October, This Is Her Doing The Plank For 30 Seconds
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.
My Great-Grandmother, Born In 1899, Never Met Her, But Definitely A Legend
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
What My 80-Year-Old Grandmother Did When Told To "Dress Up As A Ninja"
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 Great-Grandma On Her 100th Birthday Today
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 Grandma Texted Me Saying She Was Racing Today, Then Sent This Picture
Like A Boss
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