When we are young, and living only in the present moment, it is hard to imagine growing old. Unfortunately, whether we realize it or not, it happens, and typically much faster than we could have ever foreseen.
1. Not Traveling While We Were Young
As you get older, and your interests become your family’s interests, it becomes harder to travel. Not only do the costs increase, but traveling as a family can be chaotic especially with younger children.
2. Not Moisturizing
Skin, just like every other aspect of the human body ages. However, it ages slower and more gracefully when properly moisturized. While skipping the lotion when your young may save you a total of five minutes a day, when you get older it truly isn’t worth it.
At 21, when someone tells you that smoking will take ten or so years off of your life, or cause premature aging, your inability to see that far ahead makes it easy to continue with the bad habit. Unfortunately, when you have COPD at the age of 50, and sound like a T-Rex when you first wake up, you begin to regret that decision.
4. Not Learning a Second Language
When you are in High School, a second language can be obtained easily and earn you credits towards your diploma. For whatever reason, many of us opt for the other choices and skip out on the second language. And by the time your thirty, learning a second language becomes a much harder feat to accomplish.
5. Staying in a Bad Relationship
Staying in a bad relationship doesn’t mean that it will one day become the perfect one because you stuck around. Instead, years from now, you realize how many years you wasted on the wrong person when you could’ve been searching for the right one.
6. Skipping Out on the Concert With Friends
Imagine all those 60’s kids who skipped out on seeing the Doors. Enough said.
7. Being Afraid to Try New Things
One day, when you trying those things is no longer an option, you’ll find yourself questioning why you didn’t just take the plunge.
8. Not Taking Chances
Remember that moment, when you had the chance of a lifetime, but the thought of failing kept you complacent? Anyone who is reading this in their adulthood just nodded along to that statement.
9. Staying at a Dead End Job
Everyone has to work, but there are plenty of opportunities out there that don’t make you fantasize about suicide every day that you work.
10. Not Taking Advantage of Your School Years
Whether or not you made the grades, you can still have a successful life, however, think of all the opportunities we missed out on for simply not caring.
11. Not Feeling Beautiful in Our Younger Years
A massive majority of teenagers are filled with self-loathing, not realizing how precious those years were until they were long gone.
12. Fearing the L Word
As we grow older, it becomes more important to show love than to have it returned.
13. Not Listening to Your Parents
We don’t realize until after its too late, and we have made 50,000 avoidable mistakes, that maybe mom had a point.
14. Being a Self-Absorbed Teen
Not only was our self-absorbed adolescence embarrassing, it probably contributed to the many life lessons we missed the first time around.
15. Not Standing Up For Yourself
As you get older, you get tired of taking people’s shit. That is mostly because you have done it so long that you explode like a bomb. Start being assertive now to avoid being called a psycho later in life.
16. Neglecting Your Hygiene
Brush your teeth, wash your face, take care of your hair……just give a damn. It will mean something when you get older.
17. Working Your Life Away
You have to take care of yourself, but no one needs to work 80-hour weeks throughout their prime years. If you need to work that much, you may need to rethink you financial decisions.
18. Putting Other People’s Wishes Before Your Own
You should always love, support and care for others. But, if that means putting your entire life on the back burner until its too late, you are going to regret it.
19. Not Moving On Quickly Enough
When a bad situation comes your way, you are going to experience negative emotions, but you can’t dwell in that pool of negativity. You have to move on, or one day you will wake up and realize you’ve been living in the past your whole life.
20. Holding Grudges (Especially Against Loved Ones)
In the end, all those grudges we held against people were for nothing. Forgiveness is so much easier on the soul than pride.
21. Not Carrying Out More Acts of Kindness
How many times are we put in a situation where we could have made someone’s day, month or year? Probably more than we’d want to admit compared to those that we actually accomplished.
22. Not Staying Physically Active
If you don’t use it, you lose it. Contrary to popular belief, that isn’t just a cliche’ it’s a medical fact.
23. Not Learning to Cook
Nothing beats being able to cook something that is 100% better than any restaurant. Not only does it leave you feeling accomplished, it also leaves you full.
24. Failing to Finish What We Started
Finishing what you start leaves you sense of confidence and success like no other. Plus, everytime you “quit” something, you will always be left with the sensation of not being done.
25. Wasting Time Wrapped Up in Other People’s Drama
Drama will drain you completely. Steer clear of dramatic situations and people.
26. Worrying About Things You Can’t Change
The majority of situations that we wasted hours, days, weeks and months sick with worry never truly affected us in the way that we feared. Instead, we caused more harm to ourselves by sitting around panicking.
27. Not Stopping to Appreciate the Moment
Most of us are so hung up on the finish line, that we completely miss the race. Life is about the moments that got us to the end, not rushing to the end and regretting all those moments we were too distracted to enjoy.
28. Never Mastering One Awesome Party Trick
No matter how old you get, you will always be the life of the party if you know the one awesome party trick that no one else does.
29. Not Learning to Let Go
Sometimes in relationships, friendships and even with jobs, we refuse to let go. But, the best moments in life are the ones in which you let go and just live.
30. Not Spending Enough Time With Your Kids
Children grow up fast, and the years in which they actually enjoy playing with you go even faster. Always take the time to spend with your kids or any loved one for that matter.
31. Making Bad Financial Decisions
If you have money, of course you want to spend it, however, when you waste every cent you have and run up oodles of credit card debt, you are taking money away from future you.
32. Not Taking the Time to Develop Contacts and Network
When you are young, networking resembles an outdated and old-fashioned aspect of life that you will never partake in. But, there will come a day when you need a reference, or for someone to put in a good name at their company for you. That is where your network kicks in.
33. Not Trying New Things
So you think that Sushi looks disgusting? Well, a lot of foods look disgusting, and Sushi may very well be disgusting to you, but you’ll never know unless you try. Try everything!
34. Getting Caught Up On the Have Nots
Appreciate what you have, what you’ve accomplished and what you’ve been given. If you don’t and one day it’s gone, you will regret it.
35. Putting Family First
The people that you love and that are there for you deserve to be a part of your life. Sadly, we don’t know how long we will have with anyone, so enjoy your precious time with the ones that make your life special.
36. Having Stage Fright
If you have never been able to perform in front of others, or speak in front of others, when you are old, you may regret it. So take a deep breath, and go for it. What do you have to lose?
37. Not Being Grateful Sooner
Early in life, we expect things to be a certain way. But, adulthood teaches us that life just doesn’t happen that way. By the time we finally become grateful for what we have, we wish we would have been grateful the whole time.
While many of these things may seem simple or even silly, the majority of them hold true for anyone who has truly entered into adulthood. If you are still young and reading this, take notes. The biggest thing that you will ever regret when you are older is not living life to the fullest. So start today, and make your life something you can look back at one day and say “Wow! I rocked that shit!”