To celebrate two decades of empowerment and our 20th Anniversary, The Weekly in partnership with PANDORA, zooms in on 20 fierce, focused and forward-looking women who and inspiring and encouraging others to reach their full potential. Welcome to 2020 Vision!
Who says you have to slow down as you get older? Mary, popularly known as Grandma Mary, certainly doesn’t think she has to!
At 81 years young, time has not withered the sprightly octogenarian who is in the prime of her life. Having just performed an electrifying guitar solo at this year’s National Day Parade and getting a personal shout-out from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Twitter, Grandma Mary is showing that age is just a number.
“I have always believed in active ageing and the fact that you need to keep learning new things because it’s never too late to learn anything,” says the guitar-rocking granny.
“It never tires me to keep on pursuing my many hobbies, interests and activities. I always remind myself that I am too young to grow old.” The grandmother-of-seven only started learning how to play the guitar when she was 60, proving that it’s never too late to pursue a new passion.
Her talents have made Grandma Mary an Internet sensation with YouTube videos of the feisty musician garnering more than one million views. She’s also been covered by news agencies around the world.
So, what advice would she have for those who want to keep their spirits up even as they enter their twilight years? “Stay young at heart by socialising with friends and taking care of yourself,” she advises.
“To grow old gracefully, you just have to do what you love. Life is what you make of it, after all.”
It’s wonderful being a woman because… we have so many roles – grandmother, mother, wife, friend, and colleague – that it’s a gift.
Grandma Mary took part in a photoshoot with us to showcase some of PANDORA’s latest offerings. Scroll through the gallery below to see what she’s wearing:
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