I saw this list somewhere on facebook and I decided to save it here for my own reference.
1. Not traveling when you had the chance.
Traveling becomes infinitely harder the older you get, especially when you start having a family and your finances and responsibilities start to increase.
I think this only applies if you want to drag your whole family along with you. Travelling alone is still possible when you have a family.
2. Not learning another language.
While this one isn’t too important, you’ll eventually regret this one too. Learning another language doesn’t have to be hard, and truthfully it isn’t.
Start one now so you’ll master it the older you get.
3. Staying in a bad relationship.
Looking back, staying in a toxic relationship can be one of the worst things ever.
Not only does it waste your time, but we all want to hang on to the idea of possibility staying together with the person we once loved.
4. Neglecting Sunscreen.
Wrinkles, moles, and skin cancer can largely be avoided if you protect yourself.
5. Missing the chance to see your favorite musicians.
“I’ll catch that artist next time”.
Famous last words. Artists dies…
Take the chance while you can, now!
6. Being scared to do things.
As time passes, you’ll realize that a lot of times, there was actually no reason to be afraid in life.
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.
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.
10. Not trying harder in school.
School is one of the most beautiful times in life.
Enjoy it, but most of all don’t screw it up.
Work hard, and you’ll get the benefits of it later in life.
11. Not realizing how beautiful you were.
Too many of us spend our youth unhappy with the way we look, but the reality is, that’s when we’re our most beautiful.
12. Being afraid to say “I love you.”
What can we lose? By telling someone we love them? Try to learn saying 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.
Your 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, just don’t do it.
15. Caring too much about what other people think.
In 20 years you won’t give a rats ass about any of those people you once worried so much about.
So don’t do it now.
16. Supporting others’ dreams over your own.
Supporting others is a beautiful thing, but not when it means you never get to shine yourself.
Put yourself first from time to time. You need it!
Enjoy life, when going through hard life try to focus on little things that makes you happy. Old people look back at the long periods spent picking themselves off the ground as nothing but wasted time
18. Holding grudges.
What’s the point of re-living the anger over and over?
19. Not standing up for yourself.
Old people don’t take sh*t from anyone. Neither should you.
20. Not volunteering enough.
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.
It’s one of the most beautiful things and you won’t regret it.
As a matter of fact, you’ll love it and be glad you did it.
21. Neglecting your teeth.
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.
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.
There’s been a study recently where hundreds of people who were dying were asked on their death bed which their biggest mistake in life was.
They almost all unanimously agreed it was that they worked 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.
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.
Come on. Cooking can be awesome.
I’ve seen 60-year-old people who never learned how to cook a dish in their entire life.
You’ll love later that you were able to cook various dishes.
25. Not stopping enough to appreciate the moment.
Nowadays, we’re all so caught up in our devices that we forget to enjoy the moment.
Stop, and enjoy your surroundings.
26. Failing to finish what you start.
Not finishing what you started can be one of the biggest regrets you’ll ever have.
“I had big dreams of becoming a business owner. I even designed my entire business plan, but then…”
Letting yourself be defined by cultural expectations.
Don’t let them tell you, “We don’t do that.”
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. Not taking the time to develop contacts and network.
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.
32. Worrying too much.
As Tom Petty sang, “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”
33. Getting caught up in needless drama.
You don’t need it. Just throw it away!
34. Not spending enough time with loved ones.
Our time with our loved ones is finite. Make it count.
35. 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.
The Other two that didn’t make it on my list
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. 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?
I don’t go to enough parites to care much about this one.