21 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old

Life goes by fast. Don’t live life with regrets.

1. Not traveling when you had the chance.

Travelling is a great education. You begin to see the world in a different light and understand the diversity and cultures that make up our amazing world.

2. Not learning another language.

Foreign language study creates more positive attitudes and less prejudice toward people who are different. And dealing with another culture enables people to gain a more profound understanding of their own culture.

3. Being scared to do things.

Looking back you’ll think, “What was I so afraid of?”. Learn to go outside your comfort zone. That is were real growth begins.

4. Failing to make physical fitness a priority.

Too many of us spend the physical peak of our lives on the couch. When you hit 40, 50, 60, and beyond, you’ll realize how important it is to keep your body in shape.

5. 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 what a privilege it was to get to spend all day learning, and wish you’d paid more attention.

6. Not realizing how beautiful you were.

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.

7. Being afraid to say “I love you.

When you’re old, you won’t care if your love wasn’t returned — only that you made it known how you felt.

8. 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. Take time to honor and love your parents.

9. Holding grudges, especially with those you love.

What’s the point of re-living the anger over and over? Forgive, forget and move on.

10. Neglecting your teeth.

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

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Not taking time to appreciate the moment.

Modern society is constantly on the go, but stopping to take it all in now and again is a good thing. Be thankful for what you have and not anxious about what you don’t.

14. Failing to finish what you start.

Failing to finish what you start. Stick with it, you can do it. ~ “I always wanted to play a musical instrument, I wish I hadn’t quit.”

15. 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.

16. Not taking the time to develop contacts and network.

Networking may seem like a waste of time when you’re young, but later on it becomes clear that it’s how so many jobs are won.

17. Worrying too much.

Tom Petty sang, “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.” Jesus said, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

18. Getting caught up in needless drama.

Who needs it? Don’t get caught up in other people’s arguments and things that won’t matter 10 years from now.

19. Not spending enough time with loved ones.

Our time with our loved ones is finite. Make it count. Family is so important.

20. Not being grateful sooner.

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 blessed to share.

21. Failing to develop a relationship with God

Every good thing in life comes from God. You will experience much more peace and contentment in your life when you realize that there is a God who loves you.

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