AD | I will recommend the series Grace and Frankie on Netflix until I’m blue in the face. Not only is it highly entertaining, insanely funny, with lovable characters and is so easy to watch, it’s also incredibly poignant, emotional at times and provides you with a lot of valuable life lessons. In case you don’t know, Grace and Frankie is about 2 women in their late 70’s and early 80’s who find out their husbands are gay… and in a relationship with each other. Grace and Frankie are polar opposites in personality and lifestyle choices but are suddenly thrown together in this outrageous situation and forced to carry on with this new life they have to navigate.
In the 5 seasons currently out on Netflix, Grace and Frankie go through a multitude of ups and down and things they’d never expect. And with season 6 scheduled for release in 2020, it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop there for these two women! Having to navigate health issues, senior dating, business, grown up children and more, it’s not surprising that Grace and Frankie can provide us with a multitude of life lessons – both serious and not!
Sometimes, you’ve got to learn to accept help
With both women being older than 75 in Grace and Frankie, it’s inevitable that aging will play some part eventually on their lives and what they can and can’t do. There’s various situations where characters find themselves needing help and not wanting it. But it’s taught me that whatever your age and whatever your situation, accepting help is never, ever a bad thing.
You’re never too old to find love
I’m not sure many women in their 70’s and 80’s can relate to what Grace and Frankie go through but I’m sure a lot of them can relate to finding love at an older age and never giving up on the idea of love. In this day and age, where dating is easier than it’s ever been before, with websites and apps, Older Dating Online can be a doorway to finding love whatever your age! And I’ve loved seeing both Grace and Frankie navigate new relationships at an older age.
Opposites sometimes really do attract
Like I said, Grace and Frankie really are the polar opposite of each other. Grace is a smartly dressed businesswoman who likes her comforts and conveniences. Frankie is a free-spirited, shawl wearing, crystal healing Vegan who can’t even comprehend Grace’s lifestyle at time. But in the end, they couldn’t live without each other and they compliment each other perfectly. So it’s taught me that even if something seems like it might not be “for you” at first, still give it a go. Because you never know!
Class never goes out of style
Grace is the epitome of class. She is one of the most impeccably dressed and sophisticated women of any TV series and a completely style icon. Age? Who the heck cares. Class is class, whether you’re 20 or 80 and Grace and bundles and bundles of it. She taught me to take more pride in myself and my own appearance. That there’s no shame in caring about how you look and that your body is yours forever, take care of it!
You’re never too old to dream another dream
Grace and Frankie create their own company selling vibrators which have specific elements which cater for older women, who might not be able to grasp and use your regular vibrator as easily. First of all, what an incredible idea?! But second of all, these women, in their golden years, built a business from scratch. A successful business. Yes it’s dramatized and probably wouldn’t be quite so smooth sailing IRL but it’s still incredibly inspiring. Especially as someone in their mid-twenties who feels like they need to have everything figured out NOW.
You can adapt to almost anything
Having your marriage end at the age of 80 because your husband has been having an affair with a man for years would probably take a lot of adapting to. But within the series, there’s plenty of situations that a number of the characters have to learn to adapt to – not just Grace and Frankie but their ex-husbands and their children too. The series shows the ups and the downs and how it’s not always easy. But it also shows that humans can adapt. And that’s a nice message to go away with.
Do you watch Grace and Frankie and love it as much as I do? What life lessons have you learnt from the series?
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