Live life without regrets. Live a life that when you are old and sitting in your rocking chair, you can sit back and smile thinking that you lived the best life without regrets.
To help you with this life, read this list of 37 things that you may regret when you are old if you’re not careful. Do something about it now, so you don’t have to regret it.
37 Things You May Regret When You’re Old
- Not traveling when you had a chance. You never know what the future holds. Traveling can become more difficult when you have family or job responsibilities. You may get slower or less healthy as you age. Not to mention, traveling now doesn’t mean you can’t travel later too. That means more travel.
- Not learning another language. When you speak another language, you are not only learning new words, but a new way of feeling, thinking, living, and breathing.
- Staying in a bad relationship. If someone is not treating you right, get out. You deserve the best. Even if they treat you well, but it’s just not right otherwise, give each other the chance to find true love instead of wasting time.
- Forgoing sunscreen. Wrinkles? Skin cancer? Those are no fun! Use sunscreen!
- Missing out on a good show. Don’t miss the chance to see your favorite musicians or artists. You never know if you’ll ever get to see them again.
- Being scared to do things. Forget fear! Go for it! Reach for the stars!
- Letting yourself be defined by gender roles. No one has the right to tell you what to wear or how to behave. Girls can be firefighters, boys can be school teachers, girls can play with cars and boys with dolls. Wherever you fall on the gender spectrum, just be you.
- Not trying harder in school. School is fun and important. It is more than the grades. It is about the knowledge and skills you gain. Study up.
- Trying too hard in school. School is important. But there is more to life. Take on extracurriculars. Develop hobbies. Take a course for fun. Learn skills outside of school. Travel. Laugh. Be in nature. Be with friends and family. Relax.
- Not quitting a terrible job. Sure, your job pays the bills. But if it is making you miserable every day, look for something else. You spend too much time at work to hate it.
- Not taking physical fitness seriously. It is not about a bikini body and six-packs. A strong and fit body can carry you far, take you on hikes, give you energy, and keep your body healthier longer.
- Being afraid to say “I love you.” Don’t hesitate. Say it!
- Wasting money. Don’t waste your money on useless things. Don’t throw it away. Be responsible. Have a safety net and save for meaningful things.
- Not spending money on what matters. Money can buy experiences that will last you a lifetime, healthy food that can keep you healthy for a long time, and other meaningful things that are an investment in yourself and your life. Don’t be afraid to spend it on what matters.
- Caring too much about what others think. What others think is their business, not yours. It won’t matter anyways in 20 years.
- Saying no to cake. Cake is delicious. Stop obsessing about calories and the scale all the time. Eat that cake!
- Saying no to veggies. I know that veggies were scary when you were a kid. But I promise that they are delicious and full of nutrients that nourish your body! Eat them up!
- Holding grudges. Grudges only hurt you. Forgive. Move on. Love.
- Not volunteering enough. Giving back brings goodness to the world and brings joy to your life.
- Spending your youth self-absorbed. The world is not about you. The truth is that you are a small piece of a tiny picture. Consider the bigger picture.
- Not standing up for yourself. Stop letting people hurt or walk over you. Stand up for yourself.
- Neglecting your teeth. You need your teeth for life. Dental work, especially root canals and implants are expensive and no fun. Brush. Floss. Eat less candy.
- Working too much. Even if you love your job, leave time for friends, family, fun, and most importantly, yourself.
- Letting yourself be defined by cultural expectations. Your culture doesn’t define you. You define you! Be you!
- Failing to finish what you start. Don’t give up at the first roadblock. Go for your dreams. If you want to be a teacher, do it now. Don’t wait!
- Not taking a risk. Life comes with risks. Take a leap of faith. Follow your heart.
- Not developing a social network. Having a social network can help you so much in life, including with jobs, business opportunities, and more.
- Worrying too much. Worries and anxiety keep you in the future or the past. Stop worrying. Be present. Everything is going to be alright.
- Living other people’s dreams. Sure, society, your parents, your teachers, and your friends have expectations. Your parents may have serious dreams for you. But it’s your life. Live your own dreams.
- Being afraid to change. Change can be difficult and scary. But change is always possible. You can always change yourself and your life. And you can change it as many times in your life as you’d like. You can change jobs, homes, partners, friends, and more. Be true to your heart and change when you feel called to.
- Not spending enough time with loved ones. The sad truth is that we all die. Spend time with your loved ones now while you have the chance.
- Spending too much time in front of the screen. Netflix marathons are fun. Social media can suck you in. Even the news is online. But there is life offline. Live it!
- Getting caught up in pointless drama. Enough said. Forget drama. Forget gossip. Move on. Use your mental energy on other productive, positive things.
- Not being vulnerable. Being vulnerable is a courageous act. It erases shame and fear. Be vulnerable as much as possible.
- Holding onto people. Some friendships may be forever. Many run their course. People grow apart. Don’t cling onto people. Let them go.
- Not reading enough. Reading is a sacred activity where you have to focus on one thing: reading, nothing else. Audiobooks are great during a long car ride or at the gym, but instead, pick up a real book. It’s a 3D experience. Smell it. Feel it with your hands. Get lost in the story.
- Not being grateful enough. Sometimes it is easy to be grateful. Other times, during difficult periods, it may be harder to see the gifts. No matter what’s happening in your life, count your blessings. Remember to be grateful for the small things in your life.
Hopefully, this list of 37 things that you may regret when you are old can help you to make changes now and live a life without regrets.
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