They truly say “youth is wasted on the young”. Young people often don’t realize the opportunities in front of them and then they later have regrets about them. Like that time when you had the chance to learn a new skill but you just felt lazy. Now having a family and kids and growing old, you can only regret your laziness. Youth is short-lived and before you know it you will be bound with the compulsions of life, unable to pursue your interests and passions. So, instead of having regrets when you are old, make sure you do these things in your youth.
1- Not travelling when you could
Travelling gets harder the older you grow. Especially when you’ll start a family, you will have to pay for three-plus people, instead of just one. Not only expenses grow but the difficulty of travelling to remote places also grows. If you want to witness the wonders of the world, do it while you are single and young.
2- Not learning a new language
Many of us take a foreign language in our schools and colleges but just for the sake of it. We don’t actually learn the language and so, it’s highly likely we remember nothing of it when we grow old. You will regret that.
3- Not opting out of a bad relationship sooner
This is the biggest regret you will have unless you come out of the relationship sooner. There is no point in dragging a relationship if it isn’t working at all.
4- Not using your sunscreen
Skin problems get worse when you grow old and the easiest way to avoid them is by using sunscreen. If you forgo your sunscreen, you will definitely have regrets about it when you’ll see wrinkles and moles developing on your skin.
5- Not doing things out of fear
There will be times when you’ll think “what was I so scared of?” and “why didn’t I take a stand for myself?” So, instead of getting scared to do things, do it if it’s the right thing to do.
6- Not doing anything about your physical fitness
Most of us spend our youth sitting and lying on the couch. It gets harder to work out the older we grow. So, instead of wasting your physical well-being, get moving and do something about your physical fitness.
7- Not standing against gender roles
“You can’t do that because you are a woman” or, “men aren’t supposed to do that”. These are things you will often hear in today’s age as well. Don’t let anyone define you by gender roles.
8- Not quitting a job you hated
Everybody has to earn and pay their bills. But if you are doing a job you hate just for the sake of earning, you will spend half of your lifetime in a living hell. Take a risk, quit that boring job, and find something else.
9- Not working harder in school
When you grow old and you realize you aren’t smart enough to get a good job, you will have a serious regret about wasting your time in school. Though your grades don’t matter much when it comes to your future, but education does shape your personality and your qualifications will actually help you in your professional life.
10- Not realizing that “You are beautiful”
Many of us spend our youth thinking we are not beautiful. It only takes a moment to realize how beautiful you are. Realize it before old age takes a toll on your beauty and looks.
11- Not saying “I Love You”
You will be happy to know that you made your love known to the person you cherished instead of being scared and hiding your feelings.
12- Not listening to your parent’s advice
It’s a hard reality that our parents are much more experienced than us and what they say about life is mostly true.
13- Not doing things because of “what people will say”
After 20 years, it won’t matter what all these people thought about you so do whatever you want to do without worrying about what people will say.
14- Not moving on with life quickly
You are going to regret those long periods of life you spent trying to pick yourself up from the ground. It’s nothing but wasted time.
15- Not forgiving people especially those you love
You will regret it when you realize that you lost the people you loved just because you were angry and held a grudge against them all these years. Forget and forgive.