The Top 37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old (Pay Attention To #15)


1. You didn’t travel when you had the chance to do so.

Traveling becomes incredibly harder the older you get, especially if you have a family and somehow it is expected from you to pay for three-plus people, instead of just yourself.

2. Missing the opportunity to learn another language.

You won’t be really happy when you realize you had three years of language in high school, but you remember none of it.

3. Staying in a bad relationship.

All the people who gets out of a bad relationship always look back wishing they made the move much sooner.

4. Forgoing sunscreen. 

Moles, wrinkles and skin cancer can be avoided if you really try to protect yourself. Coconut oil can help you!

5. Missing the chance to visit shows from your all-time favorite musicians.

“No, man, I’ll see Nirvana next time they come into town.” Facepalm.

6. Having fear to do things.

When you look back, probably you’ll think: From what was I so afraid of, comfort zone?

7. Failing to make physical fitness your priority.

A lot of us somehow spend the physical peak of our lives laying on the couch. When you reach 40, 50, 60 or beyond, you will regret for are the things you should have and could have done.

8. Letting yourself be defined by gender roles.

Not many things are sad as an old person saying, “Oh well, It just wasn’t done back then.”

9. Not quitting a aweful job

Of course, you have to pay the bills somehow. But if you don’t try to improve your plans and therefore make the whole situation better, there is a chance that you will wake up one day with regret because you realized you spent 40 years in hell.

10. Not trying to be better in school

It’s not just that your grades have a huge role in determining where you end up in your life. At some point you’ll realize how important it was to spend a full day learning, and you’d wish you paid more attention.

11. Ignoring how actually beautiful you were

For some reason, most of us somehow spend our youth unhappy about the way we look, although the reality is, that’s when we were at our most beautiful.

12. Having fear of saying “I love you.”

When you get older, you won’t really give a darn if your love wasn’t returned – only that you made it clear about how you really felt.

13. Avoiding advice from your parents.

Maybe you think that you have smarter things to do when you’re young, but the uncomfortable truth is that most of what your parents say about your life, sooner or later it appears to be true.

14. Being self-absorbed while spending your youth.

Believe, you’ll be really embarrassed about it.

15. Caring about what other people think.

20 years from now you won’t even think of those people you once back in time we’re worried so much about.

16. Caring about other’s dreams over your own.

Being supportive to other is such a beautiful think, but not when it means that you’ve never got the chance to really shine.

17. Not moving fast enough

People that are older look back at the long periods of time that were spent as nothing but wasting time.

18. Holding grudges, especially with the people that you love.

There is no point of re-living the anger over and over, pull yourself together!

19. Not standing up for yourself.

Everybody knows that older people are not that non-assertive. Neither should you!

20. Net volunteering enough.

Of course, probably you won’t miss volunteering Hunger Games style, but when our lives are about to end, a lot of people regret they didn’t contribute in making the world a better place for everyone.

21. Not visiting your dentist so often.

Floss and brush and always try to get regular checkups. Everything will be so easier when you have dentures.

22. Missing the chance to talk with you old grandparents before they leave the face of the Earth.

Many people realize too late what an great source of stories grandparents are. They have the knowledge to explain most of the things you’ll ever wonder about, but only if you ask them questions while there is still time.

23. Working a lot

When you’re in your deathbed, you won’t be proud of the days spent at the office and you’d wish somehow you spent more time with friends, family or your hobbies.

24. Avoiding to learn how to cook one amazing meal.

Knowing how to make one very special meal will make all those dinner parties much more amazing .

25. Not stopping enough to appreciate all those special moments.

People that are young are for some reason always on the go, but you should always stop to take it all in now and again. This will make you feel a lot better about everything around you.

26. Failing to finished that think you already started doing.

““I had big dreams of becoming a pilot. Of course, I signed up for the classes, but then…”

27. Never mastering one amazing party trick.

In your life you’ll attend hundreds and maybe thousands parties. It would be really cool to be the life of them all, wouldn’t it?

28. Letting yourself to be defined by the expectations of the culture you belong to.

Always be yourself, and don’t allow the to tell you, “we don’t do that.”

29. Refusing to let frienships be what they are.

It is a fact that people grow. Clinging to what it used to be, instead of just acknowledging all the thins that have changed, can be a serious source of sadness in one’s life.

30. Not having fun with your kids enough.

When you get older, you may realize that your kid went from willing to play every kind of games with you to wanting you out of their room effective immediately.

31. Avoiding to take big risks (of course, especially in love).

Knowing that you took a leap of faith – even if at the end you fell directly on your face – can be very comforting when you are old.

32. Not caring enough about developing network and contacts.

Even if things like networking seem so boring when you are young, there will be time when you realize that that’s how exactly most of the jobs are won.

33. You worried too much.

Like Tom Petty sings: “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”

34. Getting caught up in unnecessary drama.

No one really needs it.

35. Not spending much time with the people we love.

The time that we spent with them is finite. Make it worth.

36. You didn’t perform in front of others.

For a lot of people this is not a regret, but many elderly persons wish they find out – at least once in their lives – what it felt like to be in front of a big crowd showing off their talents.

37. Not being grateful in the past

Of course, it’s hard to realize this in the beginning, but at some point it becomes very clear the every single moment in this life, from the mundane to the amazing, is a gift that we, as humans, are very lucky to share.

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