The worst part about growing older is regret for all the things you didn’t do.

Here’s a list of the 36 things you don’t want to regret when you’re old!

1- Not Travelling

Travelling is one of those dreams we keep putting off. Next year we say; when we have more time, when we have more money. Except for tomorrow never comes. And when it does it comes with old age and decreased reflexes. Or a family of three with three times the expenses. So travel today; go everywhere you want to! You don’t want to regret not traveling when you’re old.

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2- Not learning a language

Almost everyone has ‘learn a new language’ on their bucket list. In fact, in a lot of places, 3 years of foreign language education are compulsory at a high school or college level. Yet few people end up committing the time and effort needed to learn a language. So start today! It’ll be worth it.

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3- Bad Relationships

Everyone who gets out of a bad relationship always wishes they’d had the courage to do it sooner. If things aren’t working out, leave! Life is too short to waste time on a bad relationship.

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4- Not going to a concert

If you have the opportunity to see your favorite musicians perform don’t put it off. You never know when they’ll decide to retire or stop touring and you’ll regret it if you don’t go.

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5- Fear of trying new things

Don’t be afraid to try something new. Looking back you only regret the things you didn’t do.

6- Not exercising

What your body can bear at 20 will come back to hit you at 40. Don’t lounge away the peak of your physical fitness. Go for a walk. You’ll be thankful for it in a decade or two.

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7- Being confined by societal expectations

Nothing is as sad as someone not pursuing a dream because society told them they couldn’t. Follow your dreams!

8- Being confined by gender roles

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can not do!

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9- Not quitting a bad job

You’ll always have bills. But if you don’t quit that bad job and find something worthwhile to do with your life today then you never will.

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10- Not studying in school

School is some of the best times of your life though it may not seem so at the time. It’s also pretty crucial in setting you up for life. So put in the work and make some effort.

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11- Not appreciating yourself

Stop berating yourself for your every perceived flaw. You are perfect, smart and beautiful just as you are. Learn to love yourself.

12- Not saying I love you

It may seem scary at the time but when you’re old it won’t be the heartbreak you’ll regret. It’ll be the missed opportunities and the what-ifs. Don’t be afraid to express how you feel.

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13- Not listening to your parents

The hard truth is that your parents usually know more than you do about most things. So listen to them every once in a while.

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14- Being self-centered

A personality trait you’ll regret not fixing earlier in life.

15- Worrying about what other people think

Your friends today probably won’t be your friends in 10 years. So stop worrying about what other people think of you. It doesn’t matter.

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16- Sacrificing your dreams for someone else’s

Supporting a friend or a partner is great but don’t sacrifice your dreams for anyone else’s. You’ll regret it later.

17- Not moving on

Nothing causes more regret when you’re old than all the time you wasted ruminating.

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18- Holding grudges

Eventually, you forget what the fights were about and all you’re left with is the endless hours wasted stressing and fighting.

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19- Not defending yourself

Always stand up for yourself!

20- Not volunteering enough

Social awareness often comes slow. But when you’re old you’ll regret not trying to make a difference when you had the time and physical capability to do more.

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21- Not taking care of your teeth

You will lose your teeth and when you do you’ll regret not brushing and flossing twice a day.

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22- Not spending time with your grandparents

Your grandparents have a lifetime of stories and life lessons and you’ll regret not learning what you could when you had the time.

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23- Overworking yourself

With how fast-paced life is you may find it impossible to take time out for family, friends, hobbies or vacations. But you’ll regret it if you don’t at least try.

24- Not learning how to cook

There’s nothing that beats good food! Microwave noodles may seem like an acceptable meal today but eventually, you’ll regret not appreciating the simple pleasures of life. Learn how to cook at least one good meal.

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25- Not appreciating the moment

Sometimes it’s important to just stop and smell the roses.

26- Starting things but not finishing them

All those unfinished tasks will add up to a lifetime of regret. Finish that language course you started. Learn how to play that guitar you bought.

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27- Learn a party trick

Why not!

28- Hanging on to friends

There’s nothing sadder than hanging onto a friendship that’s run its course. Its okay to let things end. You’ll meet new people.

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29- Not spending time with your children

Children grow up before you know it. Spend some time with them before it’s too late.

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30- Being afraid to put yourself out there

Take a leap of faith! It’ll either work out or it won’t. But you’ll at least have tried.

31- Not networking

It may not seem very important when you’re young but good networking skills can make or break you in the job market.

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32- Worrying too much

Your problems will work themselves out in due course. Don’t worry about it too much.

33- Getting involved in drama

It’s not worth it.

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34- Not spending time with family

You will run out of time with the people you love. So make it count.

35- Being ungrateful

Appreciate every moment.


36- Never performing publicly

If you have talent don’t be afraid to show it. You’ll appreciate being able to look back at the memory of that time.

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