30 OF THE TOP THINGS YOU’LL REGRET WHEN YOU ARE OLDER.
1. NOT TRAVELING WHEN YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY.
The older you get it becomes infinitely harder to travel, especially if you have a family and need to pay the way, for 3+ (three-plus) people rather than only yourself.
2. NOT MASTERING ANOTHER LANGUAGE.
That, “shaking your head at yourself in the mirror,” struggle is real, and it happens when you realize you don’t remember, not one iota from those 2-3 years of foreign language back in High School.
3. REMAINING IN A TOXIC RELATIONSHIP.
“WOW, I feel so alive and bright inside this locked Cage of Rage and Emotion!”, said no one, ever. Fact of the matter is, has anyone really reflected on an unhealthy long-term relationship, and didn’t feel like they should have taken the leap in getting out, sooner?
4. FORGOING SUNSCREEN AND SKIN MOISTURIZERS.
Moles, wrinkles, and skin cancer can be avoided largely by protecting yourself from the Elements, especially those intense UV rays. Check out the wonderful and rejuvenating properties of Coconut Oil, maybe?
5. MISSING OUT ON SEEING YOUR FAVORITE MUSICIANS LIVE.
“I’ll have to see Kurt Cobain with Nirvana, next time they come through town!” Face-palm.
6. HAVING BEEN SCARED TO TRY NEW THINGS.
Later, while looking back, you may start to wonder what the big deal with having a comfort zone was while growing up.
7. FAILING TO MAKE PHYSICAL FITNESS A PRIORITY.
Far too many of us spend our Peak Physical years surfing T.V. channels, instead of surfing waves. When you hit 40, 50, 60 years old, you’ll daydream about what you could have done in prior years of physique. With a healthy fitness regimen throughout your life, who knows what you could still do at those ages.
8. LETTING DECISIONS BE DICTATED BY ‘GENDER ROLES’.
There are fewer things that are sadder than in your Elder years, saying, “Women/Men just couldn’t do that back then.”
9. NOT LEAVING A TERRIBLE JOB..
We all understand that there are bills to be pair. Though, if you don’t initiate change in your work environment, you may wake up one day having spent 40+ years in a waking hell.
10. NOT APPLYING YOURSELF IN LEARNING.
It is not enough to just apply yourself through school, grades aren’t end all be all. There may come a time where you wish you would have taken advantage of knowledge in all forms being share, and being able to bask in it all the day long.
11. NOT REALIZING YOUR INNER/OUTER BEAUTY.
Sad how there is too many of us who spend our youth unhappy with the way we look, but reality of it is, that is when we may be our most beautiful, physically speaking.
12. HAVING BEEN AFRAID TO SAY “I LOVE YOU.”
When you are older, you won’t care if your love wasn’t returned… only that you made it known how you felt.
13. NOT HEEDING YOUR PARENTS’ ADVICE.
The vicious truth of it all is that most of what your parents have to say about life is true, it is just highly improbable we would admit in our youth.
14. BEING SELF-ABSORBED FOR MOST OF YOUR YOUTH.
Self-awareness of this in your later years could leave you quite embarrassed. Let humility burst through, and teach you a thing or two.
15. CARING ALL TOO MUCH ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THINK OF YOU.
Chances are, 20 years from now, you won’t give a hoot about most all of the people you know now. Don’t sweat it then.
16. NOT PRIORITIZING YOUR DREAMS, OVER OTHERS’.
Supporting and Up-Lifting others is a wonderful thing, though not when it means you never get to soar yourself.
17. HAVING GRUDGES AGAINST THOSE YOU LOVE.
Why live in a loop of feeling the same anger, pain and fear, all over again…and again? oh, and again.
18. FAILING TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF.
Face it, in your geezer years, you don’t take anybodies sh*t. They don’t have time for games and cryptic interactions. As humans, we have backbones… use them.
19. NOT GIVING OUR ‘TIME’ TO OTHERS MORE.
Alright, i am not talking signing up willfully for a ‘Battle to the Death’ or anything. When nearing the end of one’s life without having helped to make Earth a united and better place, one may feel a great source of sadness from this regret.
20. AVOIDING ORAL HYGIENE.
Brush. Floss. Gargle. Rinse. Repeat. Get regular dental check-ups. Sounds horrible when you are young, but may be frustratingly easy when dealing with dentures.
21. UNASKED QUESTIONS FOR YOUR GRANDPARENTS BEFORE THEIR PASSING.
Few and far between, do we realize the plethora of knowledge and experience our Grandparents can be before they leave this mortal world. They could literally be holding the keys to a happier and better life, if all we do is ask, then listen.
22. EXHAUSTING TOO MUCH TIME ON WORK.
It takes a special kind of workaholic too look back from their deathbed and wish they had spent more time in the office. Most end up realizing the importance they should have had in spending time with family, friends, and on themselves with hobbies.
23. NOT MASTERING AT LEAST ONE COOKING RECIPE.
Having that one, go-to mouth watering morsel to call upon for Dinner Parties and Guests when older, is paramount in conveying the special love and attention intended by sharing the treat.
24. NEVER STOPPING TO APPRECIATE, HERE AND NOW.
There is no moment, like the current moment, right now. When we are young and always on the move, it’s hard to hold perspective on the little things in the present time at hand, that are the real worthwhile moments.
25. NEVER FINISHING SOMETHING YOU STARTED.
“I had big plans to be something, an example, the change I wanted to see in the world… but then…” I mean, doing it is just as easy as thinking about it, if you really think about it.
26. NEVER REACHING EXPERT STATUS WITH AT LEAST ONE PARTY TRICK.
By the end, you’ll have attended hundreds, if not thousands of parties, shindigs, and events. Why not be the life of most all of them?
27. REMAINING HINDERED BY CULTURAL LABELS AND LIMITATIONS.
Don’t always listen to society when they tell you it can’t be done, or we can’t do certain things. Be whatever or whoever you want.
28. REFUSING TO ADMIT A RELATIONSHIP HAS RUN ITS COURSE.
People are in our lives at specific times for specific reasons. People change and grow apart. Holding onto what was, and refusing to see what is, could easily turn into a source of ongoing agitation and sadness.
29. NOT SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN.
The time span between, your kid wanting to always play with you, to them not wanting anything to do with you, goes in a flash. Take advantage of the moments you may get to spend quality moments with your tiny humans.
30. NOT BEING GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE AND WHERE YOU ARE, SOONER.
It may be difficult to see in the beginning, but eventually it becomes clear that every second, every moment of existence on this Earth. Yes, all possible experiences, from the mundane to the spectacular, are all gifts we are all worthy to be given.
by: Corban R. Fleming