30 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Older

You don’t want to regret all the things you haven’t done in your life before.

While sitting in a rocking chair knitting a scarf for your grandson or petting one of your six cats, you don’t want to look back and think “I wish I’d done that.”

Our generation is growing up fast, and many of us are already looking back – if only a few years – and thinking we should have taken an opportunity here or there.

Now’s the time to start living each day to the max, getting out there and doing the things you love. Take the leap before you wind up living with these regrets.

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These Top 30 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Older

1. Not traveling when you had the chance.

You’ll learn things traveling that just can’t be taught in school, and getting away gets a lot harder when you’ve got kids.

2. Not learning another language.

You’ll kick yourself when you realize you took three years of language in high school and remember none of it.

3. Staying in a bad relationship.

Chances are, if you’re in a bad relationship you’ll eventually get out, but most people regret not doing so sooner.

4. Missing the chance to see your favorite musicians.

“Nah, dude, I’ll catch Nirvana next time they come through town.” Yeah, right!

5. Being scared to do things.

Looking back you’ll think, What was I so afraid of?

6. Failing to make physical fitness a priority.

Much of our peak physical fitness years are spent laying in bed or sitting in front of a screen. Go for a run or do yoga – your body will thank you when you hit 50.

7. Not quitting that job that you hated.

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.

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8. 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.

9. Not realizing how beautiful you are.

You’re pretty awesome. The sooner you realize it the better. 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.

10. Being afraid to say “I love you.”

If you feel it, say it, because you’ll never know how he/she might react; you’ll live in regret wondering.

11. Not listening to your parents’ advice.

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.

12. Spending your youth self-absorbed.

You’ll be embarrassed about it, frankly.

13. Holding in your emotions.

Laugh. Cry. LIVE. (This could be a new bestseller?)

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14. Caring too much about what other people think.

In 20 years you won’t give a darn about any of those people you once worried so much about.

15. Supporting others’ dreams over your own.

Supporting others is a beautiful thing, but not when it means you never get to shine. Put yourself first if you don’t want to regret the sacrifice you make.

16. Not moving on fast enough.

Old people look back at the long periods spent picking themselves off the ground as nothing but wasted time.

17. Holding grudges, especially with those you love.

What’s the point of re-living the anger over and over?

18. 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.

19. Neglecting your teeth.

Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups. It will all seem so maddeningly easy when you have dentures.

20. 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.

21. 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.

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22. Not trying different foods.

Mexican, Indian, Italian, Egyptian – try foods from other cultures, they might just blow your mind!

23. Not stopping enough to appreciate the moment.

Young people are constantly on the go, but stopping to take it all in now and again is a good thing.

24. Failing to finish what you start.

“I had big dreams of becoming a nurse. I even signed up for the classes, but then…”

25. 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, regret and sadness.

26. 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.

27. Never taking a big risk.

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.

28. Worrying too much.

As Tom Petty sang, “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.” Chill out. It’ll all work out in the end.

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29. Not spending enough time with loved ones.

A lot of people will come and go in our lives, make sure you find time for the right ones before it’s too late. Our time with our loved ones is finite. Make it count.

30. Not being grateful.

Stop. Take a deep breath. Look around you and appreciate your life. Be grateful for what you have in your life.

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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