From grandmothers who played with Ernest Hemingway in the 1950s and modeled for Volvo, to grandfathers who traveled across Antarctica, did stunts on a motorcycle and played with their polar animal, this list of images will make you wonder what you’re doing with your life.


1. “Grandma Sent Me A Picture Of My Grandpa At My Age To Make Me Feel Like Shit.”


2. “My Great Grandfather Gave Einstein Violin Lessons.”


3. “My Grandparents Wearing Each Other’s Clothes, 1943.”


4. “My Grandmother, 1940s.”


5. “Granny On The Wing Of My Dad’s Cropduster Plane. She Did This A Few Times That I Know Of.”


6. “My Grandmother. This Picture Was Next To Her Coffin At Her Funeral (Late 60s Or Early 70s).”


7. “My Granny (Nicknamed Kidd) Wasn’t Allowed To Join The Air Force Because She Was A Woman. So She Taught Young Men To Fly In Stephenville, Texas During WW2 – 1940s.”


8. “My Grandfather The Day Before He Shipped Out With The Marines, 1941.”


9. “My Grandmother Right After She Ran Away From Communistic Bulgaria To Germany (1978).”


10. “Photo Of My Grandfather Exiting His Plane After Getting Shot Down.”


11. “My Favorite Picture Of My Grandmother, 1942. She’s Strong, Raised Six Children On Her Own After Leaving An Alcoholic Husband. Worked 7 Days A Week As A Cook In A Gas Station From 3 Am – 5 Pm. I Would Stay Every Weekend With Her And Sleep On The Floor Of The Gas Station Back Then. She’s Amazing.”


12. “My Crazy Grandfather.”


13. “My Grandfather Was Into Cosplay Before It Was ‘The Thing To Do'”


14. “My Very Cool Grandpa In The 1950s Holding A Fish, Smoking A Cigarette, With A Book Tucked Into His Pants And Cigarette Pack In His Sleeve.”


15. “My Grandma Smoking Her Cigarette On The Farm. Wearing Pants And Doing Whatever The Hell She Wanted, 1938.”


16. “WW2 – My Badass Grandpa With A Car He Stole From Nazis.”


17. “I Recently Lost My Grandmother To Cancer. This Will Always Be One Of My Favorite Photo Of Her.”


18. “My Grandmother With Then-Mercury 7 Astronauts John Glenn, Gus Grissom, And Alan Shepherd (September 14th, 1959).”


19. “My Great Grandfather Showing Off One Of The Horses He Trained For WW1 – Petawawa, ~1922.”


20. “My Great-Great-Grandfather, The Samurai Of A Small Coal Mining Town In Kyushu, Posing With My Grandmother And One Of Her Sisters ~1900.”


21. “My Great Grandmother, Working As A Welder During WW2.”


22. “My Grandfather Died Today. I Want To Tell You What A Fucking Badass He Was.”


23. “My Grandma Recently Passed. My Grandpa Sent Me This Picture So I Could Know What Man Looks Like When He Is In Love. They Were Married 60+ Years.”


24. “If I Could Only Be Half As Badass As My Grandfather This Memorial Day, Circa 1960.”


25. “My Great Grandpa Eddie. Omaha 1939.”


26. “My Grandma As An Air Traffic Controller. She Would Have Been 97 On 3/11.”


27. “My Grandfather’s Badass Swandive, 1930.”


28. “My Finnish Grandfather Smoking A Cigarette And Holding A Wild Fox That He Befriended (Circa 1975).”


29. “This Photo Always Puts A Smile On My Face. Our 86-Year-Old Grandmother Back In The Day.”


30. “My Grandma Modeling In Her Flight Attendant Uniform – 1972.”