You’ve heard it said a thousand times, “Life is short,” and nothing could be truer than those words. Yet so many of us still have regrets and many of them. This list is written in hopes that more people will do what they want and should do, to avoid living with regret.
No one wants to see themselves sitting in a rocking chair at 70 or 80 years old and crying because they ‘should have done this’ or they ‘should have said that’ and they didn’t. And now it’s too late. Don’t be that person.
Not Using Your Voice More
Stop letting people bully you and take advantage of you. Learn to stand up for what you believe in, even if you have to stand alone. Don’t let people walk all over you. Find and use your voice. Respect yourself, and others will respect you too.
Not Believing in Yourself
You are more amazing than you think and believe you are, and you can do anything you set your mind to. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Step outside your comfort zone and do the things you want to do. Believe in yourself more, achieve great things, and set an example for others.
Do More Daring Things
Skydiving, ziplining, paragliding, traveling solo, whatever. We all have one or two adventurous things we would love to do but are too afraid to do them. Just do them, especially while you still have time and your health is good.
Learn How to Save Money
If you do nothing else, learn how to save money. Start now. The more you can put away for a rainy day, the better off you’ll be. Even something small, like 5% of your weekly earnings, adds up fast.
Forgive More People Sooner
Holding on to anger, grudges, and hate only hurts you, not the person you’re clutching on to all that for. They don’t even know or care. Forgiveness is freedom. Freedom is peace. Peace of mind, peace in your heart and soul.
Spend More Time With Your Children
They grow so fast. They’re only young for a short time. They’ll leave home soon. All these things are true. And while we can’t spend every waking hour with our kids, we can certainly spend more quality time with them. Put your phone away and give them the undivided attention they want, need, and deserve.
Don’t Start Smoking/Quit
Many Gen X and Boomers started smoking in their early teens. It was cool to smoke back then. It’s not so cool anymore. Vaping is just as bad. Do yourself a favor and quit today. Yes, it’s hard, no, it’s not impossible. You’re worth it.
Start an Online Business Sooner
It’s easier now more than ever to start an online business and be your own boss. Yes, it’s hard and a lot of work at first, but the rewards are too numerous to mention here. Tired of your crappy 9-5? Now’s the time to get to work online and build a legacy for yourself.
Learn a Second Language
Spanish, Italian, French, or Mandarin. So many languages to choose from too. Pick one you’ve always wanted to learn and start learning. With so many free language apps available, you have no excuse not to start.
Travel Solo More
Or just travel more. Explore the world, go on a road trip, or take a ferry somewhere. Meet new people and experience new cultures. Learn the ways of other people. Expand your horizons, open your mind. Enrich your life.
Help More People More Often
You can join support groups and be a mentor or simply help your neighbor carry groceries in the house. Maybe there’s a homeless person you pass by daily who you can help by buying coffee or lunch. The world is in desperate need of helpers. If you can’t find one, be one.
Leave Your Toxic Relationship
Don’t wait any longer. Now’s the time, this is your sign. Yes, it will be hard, but you have to believe there is a whole new amazing life out there waiting for you that you get to create yourself. One filled with joy, peace, and freedom. Things won’t get better, so stop telling yourself that. Time to go!
Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams
Whatever your dream is, whatever longing you have, chase it down and never give up on it. Remember, you are capable of achieving greatness and realizing your dreams. Instead of making excuses, find solutions. Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, either way, you’re right. (Henry Ford)
Learn New Skills
Whether it’s a new language or how to knit a pair of socks. Maybe you want to learn how to sew or fix a car. Whatever the case may be, don’t stop learning. Learning exercises our brains, not to mention that it gives us a sense of accomplishment.
Tell More People Off
We all have that one person in our lives who we despise, and we should have told to eff off a long time ago. Don’t wait. Do it now. Don’t let any more people disrespect you. Tell them how you really feel. Let them know you aren’t putting up with their BS any longer.
With fast food restaurants on every corner, it’s hard to resist french fries and hamburgers but do yourself a favor, pass them by and choose the healthier option. If you don’t have your health, you have nothing, regardless of how rich you are.
Take Better Care of Your Body, Mind, and Spirit
Exercise more, meditate more, and learn how to manage and deal with stress and anger. What most people don’t realize is that what we do to our bodies and minds will manifest itself into physical ailments as we get older. It’s not too late to start taking care of yourself now.
Carrying Guilt From the Past
Let it go—all of it. None of us are perfect, and we’ve all done something we are totally ashamed of. It doesn’t matter what it is, you need to let it go. What’s done is done, what’s in the past belongs there. Carrying guilt, much like hate and anger, will take its toll on you physically and mentally. Get rid of it all.
Not Having More Kids
I only had one, and while some days I feel one was enough, there are still some days I wish I had one more. If you’re not sure if you want kids or not, think long and hard because as you get older, it’s a regret that you can’t do anything about. Ever.
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