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13 Signs You Have The Best Granny In The World

13 Signs You Have The Best Granny In The World

I love my grandma, she is honestly one of the most amazing people on this planet. I expect you, as a grandson or granddaughter, to think that yours is the coolest, too. Here are a few signs to check if your nana is truly the most awesome in the world.

1. You can always count on her.

Either for a hug or a hot bowl of soup when you’re sick, you know your granny will always be there when you need her, because she always has since you were a little moaning and screaming baby. She’s endured you through all those years, as well as your mother’s complaints about you, but she’s still around.

2. You’d pick her food over any fancy restaurant.

She has the best cakes in the history of cakes. Traditional food or pseudo-modern beverages. No matter what it is, you know your granny does it better, and you like to brag about it. For example, my granny is the best at making crêpes. So good in fact, I had to share that with my classmates. Sometimes, it is even hard to share your granny’s food because it is so incredibly delicious.

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3. You value her opinion.

You know well that your grandmother is full of wisdom and knowledge. Maybe she did not even go to school, but she went to the school of life. She learned the hard way what is best and what hurts. You know that your grandma will always give you the advice you need, and you will always do your best to take it, even though sometimes, you will try to compromise. But no matter what, she still stays the best granny.

4. You like to spend time with her.

Spending time with her is so important to you! Every minute spent in her house is a blessing. You enjoy every second she is around you. You are aware that these moments are precious and that one day or another, you will regret those moments if you don’t make the most of it. Try to get as many memories as you possibly can.

5. You miss her when you don’t see her.

This is self explanatory. When you miss your grandmother, your mood can vary from mild sadness to indescribable depressive states full of tears and mourning. The only solution is to go to her place and get your dose of grandma hugs. When you don’t see her for a long time, you feel like something is missing in your life. It doesn’t take too long to realize what it is.

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6. You secretly adore the nicknames she gives you.

You frown when your uncles and aunts use the nickname that she gave you, even though you secretly love it. It might even slightly annoy you that they use it because it makes you feel like a child, but deep down you love it when your granny treats you like a little baby. The nicknames she gives you are just a reminder that she’s been around for so long, and knows you so well she can give you a name that has a special meaning.

7. You respect her because she’s the reason you’re alive.

Your mother gave you birth, and the other half of your genes comes from your father. However, if it wasn’t for your grandparents, your parents would not even exist. You know your granny is the reason you’re alive and you never forget to thank her for it. You feel blessed with this gift that she indirectly gave you: the gift of life.

8. Your inside jokes are unforgettable.

Even your parents think it is odd and weird. But you feel like those inside jokes are impossible to forget. From the silly puns to the awkward lapses, without forgetting all those jokes you’ve told each other, you’ve had quite a bunch of funny conversations. Nobody can take that from you.

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9. You admire her and see her as a hero.

Apart from the fact that she gave birth to one of your parents, you see your granny for the strong woman she is. She might be old, and her muscles might be weak. Her arms might even be fragile, but you can see the history, the story of life, the joys and the pain that she went through, and you see the strength in her eyes. Every time your grandma smiles, you see an honest, loving woman that has sacrificed so much for you and your family. She is your hero.

10. You cannot imagine life without her.

Sometimes, you think about what your life would be like if your grandmother was not in it, and immediately your stomach is nothing but a big ball of anxiety and stress. Luckily enough, she is still around and you promised yourself to keep her for as long as you can, by taking care of her the way she deserves it and making sure she is doing good.

11. You want her to meet your children.

You want your grandma to be a great-grandma because she is already a great grandma. You want your kids to have the chance to meet her and spend time with her, if possible. You want them to taste her food and hear her stories because she is the greatest grandma in the world and you want your kids to know a bit of that too.

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12. You like to impress her.

She occupies such a big space in your heart that it is important for you to make her proud. You always do your best to impress her by playing chess with her, demonstrating your linguistic skills, or even painting a portrait of her. You love to see her eyes get sparkly whenever you tell her something exciting. You would do anything that is humanly possible to make her the proudest grandma.

13. You know she loves you and she shows it well.

Your grandmother might have a special way of showing you that she loves you. For example, mine is not always good at saying, “I love you too”. She often responds to my love declarations with, “I know you love me”. But at the end of the day, one of her precious hugs gives you so much love that it doesn’t matter if she’s good at saying it or not. She will always shows you she loves you, and will always have a special way to do so.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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