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What old people do better than younger people?

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Actually prepare for outings. If you go on a hike or something with your grandparents they've got everything you'd need for survival in the wilderness for 3 months, but a bunch of teenagers probably would have 3 hiking boots and half a tent between them.
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Actually prepare for outings. If you go on a hike or something with your grandparents they've got everything you'd need for survival in the wilderness for 3 months, but a bunch of teenagers probably would have 3 hiking boots and half a tent between them.
My brother and I were raised to be over prepared, so going with friends to any outdoor situation was always fun. For a fireside cookout/D&D session in the woods, my friend only brought three shot glasses, a fifth of some shitty vodka, and a single can of mountain dew. He was astounded at what all we brought.
Let me tell you, there is nothing more rewarding than busting out a smartly packed, seemingly random item that remedies any given problem at hand.
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Drag a 30 minute phone conversation out into 2 hours.
(I love you Grandma)
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Reading maps and not getting lost.
My gramps used to take us on vacation some times. He would study the paper map for half an hour, and that was it. Next day, he remembered all the way to the mountains, including the interesting side trips along the way.
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Cursive handwriting. Mine's pretty decent but compared to my Grandma's... I need some work.
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Write actual letters. My grandfather-in-law sent me an actual thank you letter (complete with address & phone number) for some cakes I bought for him. We were in the same house, he actually passed me the envelope with the letter inside. It's so adorable.
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Complain about current pop music.
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Understand that every little upsetting moment isn't a fucking tragedy.
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Humility. I've been wrong so many times that I'm not certain of anything anymore.
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Pretend that they didn't hear something...
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Probably handle their current situation. I'm here like 'I make shitty money and I drink too much so my life is gonna end!' And they're like ah my blood pressure is too high? Fuck it. I seriously envy that mentality
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Give advice. One of my neighbors is an elderly old man and I speak to him often. He gives excellent, useful real life advice like"save properly and early" and stuff. His depth of experience is soothing in a nice way.
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Shave. I can shave without looking in the mirror and hit every spot while not leaving a single scrape.
Do some manual task every day for a few decades, and you can get frighteningly good at it.
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Savor. When the edge of the cliff is just over there, the grass feels so soft and the sky is a luminous blue. There is time to watch a few fall leaves flutter down. It's beautiful. For this little while.
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Live in the moment without cell phones/screens. Enjoy silence or conversation without constantly needing to be stimulated.
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Wake up early.
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Marriage.
Old people stick it out no matter what.
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Hold meetings that could be handled with a few emails.
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Research and memory.
Google has spoiled us
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Look for things.
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