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. Being self-absorbed

If you go through life caring only about yourself, you’ll end up with no one by your side. Learn to care about the needs of those around you.

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. Not exercising.

Regular exercise has been shown to improve overall health in numerous ways, keeping the body and mind healthy and strong. If a gym isn’t your scene, go for a hike or a walk or ride your bike. Find an activity that you enjoy and stick with it.

5. Not continuing to learn.

Be a life-long learner. Find new areas to expand and grow. Learn a language, learn a musical instrument. Read new books and learn new skills. Schedule a time for learning. Teach with others and to others. Every teacher is a cleverly disguised student. Learn to be the best you can be.

6. Caring too much about what other people think.

No matter what you do, there will always be someone who criticizes you. Learn to rise above. Do the best you can, learn from your mistakes and move on.

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.

There will always be something to worry about, but constantly stressing can seriously affect your health. 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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About Mark Cole

Jesus follower, Husband, Father, Worship Leader, Writer, Pastor, Church Consultant, Founding Arranger for Praisecharts.com, squash & tennis player, blogger & outdoor enthusiast.. (biking, hiking, skiing). Twitter: @MarkMCole Facebook: mmcole

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