Living without regrets is almost impossible. There will come a time when you’re older, reflecting on the actions of your past, and you’ll wish your younger self had more common sense. Hindsight is 20/20, so you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. Making a mistake is the first step to learning something on your own, and many of the mistakes we make result in valuable life lessons. If you look back and regret a decision, it simply means you learned something important.
Though, there is something to be said for avoiding mistakes in the first place. If you want to be proactive and avoid having regrets later in life, take a look at these top six things you’ll probably regret when you’re older.
1. Staying in a Bad Relationship
Relationships are opportunities to learn, grow, and become yourself. Everyone has gone through a bad relationship at some point or another, and if it teaches anything, it’s to not make that mistake twice. It doesn’t take much time at all to wish that you would have made the move to get out a little earlier.
2. Missing Your Favorite Musician
Musicians and bands are fickle; a great band today could break up tomorrow, seemingly for no reason at all. Don’t miss the chance to see your favorite band if they come to your hometown or somewhere close.
You’ll be able to tell that story when you’re older to your kids or grandkids, complete with concert-T.
3. Not Trying in School
School seems arbitrary while we’re in it, but it does pay off later in life. Missed opportunities in school can lead to a chain of events that we weren’t expecting.
Sure, it doesn’t seem like that history test means all the much now, but it might starting impacting your ability to go to college, get a decent job, start saving for your future or your family. These missed opportunities might not be apparent until later in life.
4. Failing to Exercise
Your health is extremely important. Just because you’re in your early 20’s now and can eat pretty much anything you want, doesn’t mean it won’t catch up to you later.
It’s obviously much harder to exercise when you’re older; you need to do it while you’re young so you can take advantage of your mobility. Otherwise, you’ll find out the hard way that you wish you had.
5. Not Listening to Your Parents
This is a big one. Look, your parents are older, more experienced, and they do in fact know what’s best for you most of the time. Even this list of possible regrets reads like something they would say to you in an argument. Give their advice a chance every once in a while; you might just find out it holds some real weight.
6. Working Too Much
Work is important. It helps us save money, buy the things we need to be comfortable, and remain a productive member of society. However, there is a limit to how important work and money actually are when it comes to happiness.
Don’t spend your life in the office. If you don’t use some of that hard-earned money on the things you enjoy, what was the point?
source and courtesy: dailyvibes.org