Top 37 Things You Will Regret When You are Old
1. Not traveling when you had the chance. There are so many great sites, life, people, food and culture to explore. Don’t regret expanding your horizons.
2. Not learning another language. You’ll kick yourself when you realize you took two years of language in high school but can’t recall any of it.
3. Staying in a bad relationship. We have all been there and done that. Sadly, some stay way too long. Cut your losses and move on quickly!
4. Forgoing sunscreen. Guess what? wrinkles will happen but don’t speed up the process, protect yourself.
5. Missing the chance to see your favorite musicians. There have been so many times you will say I’ll catch them next time, but there is never a ‘next time’.
6. Being scared to do things. Looking back you’ll think, What was I so afraid of?
7. Failing to make physical fitness a priority. Few of us are in the mood to work-out after working full-time but your mental and physical body improves. When you hit 40, 50, 60, and beyond, you’ll regret not taking care of your body.
8. Letting yourself be defined by gender roles. Don’t let anybody pigeonhole you into what a woman and man can do. Break the barrier.
9. Not quitting a terrible job. We all have financial responsibilities. But make a plan to improve your skills, or education because when you know better you can do better.
10. Not trying harder in school. It’s not just about the grades but you can keep learning, gather more knowledge in your field or learn a new one.
11. Not realizing how beautiful you were. Society has dictated what’s beauty and what is not. Don’t spend your teens and 20’s think you are not beautiful, you are.
12. Being afraid to say “I love you.” These three words are so hard to say, we have built walls from past hurt and we fear love may not be returned — don’t miss an opportunity to say it.
13. Not listening to your parents’ advice. When you are young, you think your parents don’t know, or understand, they just don’t get it. But actually they do, parents have life experiences from their past mistakes that can save you lots of time and heartache.
14. Spending your youth self-absorbed. You’ll be embarrassed about it, frankly.
15. Caring too much about what other people think. Don’t waste a moment of precious time on somebody’s opinion of you. In 20 years you won’t care at all what that said about you.
16. Supporting others’ dreams over your own. Letting others shine is wonderful, but don’t forget to step up to the plate when it’s your time at bat.
17. Not moving on fast enough. Old people look back at the long periods spent picking themselves off the ground as nothing but wasted time.
18. Holding grudges, especially with those you love. You can either forgive and move forward or let it stop you from growing. Honestly, why re-live the anger?
19. Not standing up for yourself. We all have regrets of the things we say and many times the things we don’t say. As you get older your tolerance for bullies will grown thin.
20. Not volunteering enough. There is nothing better than helping someone who may never pay you back. Volunteer time to food bank, animal shelters, hospitals, but whichever you choose don’t get old without helping to make the world a better place.
21. Neglecting your teeth. Yes, teeth. Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups.
22. Missing the chance to ask your grandparents questions before they die. Never take your grandparents for granted they are a great source of history, they hold so much knowledge you will later regret not learning from.
23. Working too much. People spend 40+ hours a week of life at their job but so little time living. There are experiences of sports, fun, festivals, concerts, and you will hear many older people saying they wish they would of taken the time to see.
24. Not learning how to cook one awesome meal. Even if you are not a cook you should have at least one stand-by meal that you can prepare.
25. Not stopping enough to appreciate the moment. Young people are constantly on the go, or looking down at their phone. Stop, watch, look, listen and enjoy the moment it may never come around again.
26. Failing to finish what you start. Failing to finish what you start. “I had big dreams of becoming a nurse. I even signed up for the classes, but then…”
27. Never mastering one awesome party trick. You will go to hundreds, if not thousands, of parties in your life. Wouldn’t it be cool to be the life of them all?
28. Letting yourself be defined by cultural expectations. Why not separate yourself from the pack, don’t let anyone friends or family tell you, “We don’t do that.”
29. Refusing to let friendships run their course. People grow apart. Sometimes we just try to force friendships and we simply need to let some go.
30. Not playing with your kids enough. Every parent will say they grew up so fast, don’t miss having fun, playing and learning with your child, in the blink of eye they are no longer a baby.
31. Never taking a big risk (especially in love). Our hearts are fragile so many protect their heart which means never letting themselves fall in love for the fear of falling flat on their face. Sometimes taking the risk could be worth it.
32. Not taking the time to develop contacts and network. When you’re young you think networking…who cares about that? But later you will realize that’s how many contacts and many jobs are won.
33. Worrying too much. As Tom Petty sang, “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”
34. Getting caught up in needless drama. Who needs it? Ignore the negative influences
35. Not spending enough time with loved ones. No one is immortal and time can never be replaced so make it count.
36. Never performing in front of others. T his isn’t a regret for everyone, but many elderly people wish they knew — just once — what it was like to stand in front of a crowd and show off their talents.
37. Not being grateful sooner. Teens and 20-something takes everything for granted because they think they have all the time in the world. Beware: You don’t. You have now, when you get older you will regret the time you let go. Every moment on this earth — from the mundane to the amazing — is a gift.
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