We Asked 10 Women Over 80, "What one thing do you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger?" This is What They Said...


There’s a lot of wisdom to learn from the women who have paved the way for us. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, we asked ten women over 80 years old one question we can all learn from. This is what they said...


 

What one thing do you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger?


Pat Kruse

Pat Kruse

"I’ve learned to say how you feel. When I was young, I always kept my opinions to myself. Through the years, I was always disappointed when I kept quiet. The things I regret are the times that I didn’t say anything, then felt bad when someone got what I wanted. As I grew older, I realized that when I didn’t speak up, I was always sorry…"

–Pat Kruse, 82

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"Be your own person. I was always afraid to say ‘no’ to people. Learn to say ‘no’."

–Margie, 88

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"Don’t let any man tell you what to do! Do what you want."

–Doris, 88

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Barbara Puterbaugh

Barbara Puterbaugh

"Be patient. The problem or situation that you are worrying about will work itself out."

–Barbara Puterbaugh, 84

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"The things you worry about seldom come to pass. I wish I wouldn’t have spent so much time worrying."

–Earlene, 80

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"Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment."

–Diane Nichols, 82

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Caroline Browning and her husband, Web, on their wedding day

Caroline Browning and her husband, Web, on their wedding day

"I wish I knew I was going to be so lucky to have a wonderful husband and two kids."

–Caroline Browning, 88

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"Be kind to yourself. I spent a lot of years feeling guilty because I had to work. I wish I wouldn’t have have felt so guilty."

–Betty, 82

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"I didn’t know anything about sex. I was embarrassed about my body; I wish I wouldn’t have felt so self conscious, and embraced it more–been freer, more aware, and uninhibited."

–Anonymous, 88

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Pat Johnson surrounded by her 6 children. Fun fact: She gave brith to all of them in just 4 years and 8 months!

Pat Johnson surrounded by her 6 children. Fun fact: She gave brith to all of them in just 4 years and 8 months!

"Have your family all at once so they're all around the same age."

–Pat Johnson, 92 

 
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