Top Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old

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    December 13, 2021
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Before you read this article, make sure you save it so you can always read it just to remind yourself not to regret anything in life. Here are the 37 things you’ll regret when you’re old.

1. Not traveling when you had the chance.
I think we all had this at least once in our life.. Thinking ‘I should have gone there or there’. Well, as long as you are still alive and you are able to travel, DO it! Trust me, it becomes a lot harder the older you get. Your excuses right now are nothing compared to your excuses later in life. Most people will have a family and need to pay the way for three-plus people instead just for yourself.

2. Not learning another language.
How many languages do you speak? There’s no excuse not to learn a new language, and you are never too old to do this. You’ll kick yourself when you realize you took three years of language in high school and remember none of it.

3. Staying in yes those bad relationship(s).
How many of us have seen this happen? People, who never get out of a bad relationship and then later they regret and wished they had moved on way sooner?

4. Not using any sunscreen or enough sunscreen.
Wrinkles, moles, and skin cancer can largely be avoided if you protect yourself. Actually, best anti-aging treatment is to use everyday sunscreen, even if it’s winter.

5. Missing the chance to see your favorite musicians.
“Nah, dude, I’ll catch Rihanna next time they come through town.” Facepalm. No, stop let artists, or musicians pass you, when you want to see them.

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.
Too many of us spend the physical peak of our lives on the couch. When you hit 40, 50, 60, and beyond, you’ll dream of what you could have done.

8. Letting yourself be defined by gender roles.
Few things are as sad as an old person saying, “Well, it just wasn’t done back then.”

9. Not quitting a terrible job.
Look, you gotta pay the bills. But if you don’t make a plan to improve your situation, you might wake up one day having spent 40 years in hell. Yep we have written a lot articles about this one.

10. Not trying harder in school.
It’s not just that your grades play a role in determining where you end up in life. Eventually, you’ll realize how neat it was to get to spend all day learning, and wish you’d paid more attention.

11. Not realizing how beautiful you were.
This part is the biggest part if you spend your time thinking you’re not beautiful, you will just regret it. Too many of us spend our youth unhappy with the way we look. You look beautiful on the inside and outside.

12. Being afraid to say “I love you.”
What can we lose? By telling someone we love them? Try to learn to say it more often. When you’re old, you won’t care if your love wasn’t returned only that you made it known how you felt.

13. Not listening to your parents’ advice.
Our parents have the best experiences, so every advice should be thought of. You don’t want to hear it when you’re young, but the infuriating truth is that most of what your parents say about life is true.

14. Spending your youth self-absorbed.
You’ll be embarrassed about it, frankly.

15. Caring too much about what other people think.
Why live life limited just because you are afraid of what other people will think? In 20 years you won’t give a darn about any of those people you once worried so much about.

16. Supporting others’ dreams over your own.
Don’t forget about yourself. Supporting others is a beautiful thing, but not when it means you never get to shine.

17. Not moving on fast enough.
Enjoy life, when going through hard times, try to focus on little things that make you happy. Try to move 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.
What’s the point of re-living the anger over and over?

19. Not standing up for yourself.
Don’t take sh*t from anyone.

20. Not volunteering enough.
OK, so you probably won’t regret not volunteering Hunger Games style, but nearing the end of one’s life without having helped to make the world a better place is a great source of sadness for many.

21. Neglecting your teeth.
Neglecting your teeth. What more can we say about it? Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups. It will all seem so maddeningly easy when you have dentures.

22. Missing the chance to ask your grandparents questions before they die.
If you still see your grandparents, please appreciate it. Most of us realize too late what an awesome resource grandparents are. They can explain everything you’ll ever wonder about where you came from, but only if you ask them in time.

23. Working too much.
No one looks back from their deathbed and wishes they spent more time at the office, but they do wish they spent more time with family, friends, and hobbies.

24. Not learning how to cook one awesome meal.
Hello, what’s life without good food? Knowing one drool-worthy meal will make all those dinner parties and celebrations that much more special.

25. Not stopping enough to appreciate the moment.
For instant, stop taking to many pictures or even selfies at a moment. Try to enjoy and appreciate the moment. Young people are constantly on the go, but stopping to take it all in now and again is a good thing.

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.
Letting yourself be defined by cultural expectations. Don’t let them tell you, “We don’t do that.”

29. Refusing to let friendships run their course.
People grow apart. Clinging to what was, instead of acknowledging that things have changed, can be a source of ongoing agitation and sadness.

30. Not playing with your kids enough.
When you’re old, you’ll realize your kid went from wanting to play with you to wanting you out of their room in the blink of an eye.

31. Never taking a big risk (especially in love).
Knowing that you took a leap of faith at least once even if you fell flat on your face will be a great comfort when you’re old.

32. Not taking the time to develop contacts and networking.
Networking may seem like a bunch of crap when you’re young, but later on it becomes clear that it’s how so 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?

35. Not spending enough time with loved ones.
Not spending enough time with loved ones. Our time with our loved ones is finite. Make it count.

36. Never performing in front of others.
This 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.
It can be hard to see in the beginning, but eventually it becomes clear that every moment on this earth from the mundane to the amazing is a gift that we’re all so incredibly lucky to share.

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