[22] Story Time: Practicing Gratitude for the Things we Often Take for Granted - My Grandma's Story

Living in a prisinor of war camp and being greatful for the little things - My Grandma's Story - Episode 22 of On The Make podcast with Josephine Brooks

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On The Make episode 22 - Story Time: Practicing Gratitude for the Things we Often Take for Granted - My Grandma's Story

As this episode is coming out around Christmas it seemed a great time to share a bit of family history with you. In this episode I’m chatting with my grandma, who is now 91 but she spent her early years growing up in Shanghai and later in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. She shares her story of growing up in Shanghai and being in the prisoner of war camp, which is a real insight into a totally different time.

This conversation also served as a healthy reminder for me of how grateful I am to not have had to grow up in a time that was affected by war or lack of food where I live. The other thing I feel grateful for, having listened to my Grandma’s story is my freedom. The freedom to make things happen like growing my business and carving out ways to live life on my own terms, which is something I’ll always be grateful for.

IN THIS EPISODE WE COVER

  • How my Grandma came to grow up in Shanghai

  • What it was like to be living in Shanghai as war broke out

  • How Grandma’s family got put into a Japanese prisoner of war camp in WWII

  • Grandma’s experience of living in the camp

  • How she got back to the UK and her first impressions of England

  • Getting engaged after meeting her future husband just 2 weeks before

  • And lots of nuggets of life wisdom from my grandma

My Grandma's pictures of Shanghai in the early 1900's
My Grandma's pictures of Shanghai in the early 1900's
My Grandma's pictures of Shanghai in the early 1900's
Josephine Brooks