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37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old


37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old

37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old

There comes a point in life when you just stop giving a rat’s ass about a lot of things that actually bothered you before. That’s around when you’re 36 years old.

And then there comes a time you start regretting things you did or did not do.

The latter we’d like to have a closer look at, because we’d like you not to make some of those big mistakes you’ll most definitely regret later on.

So we put together a little list where you have easy access to that’ll serve as sort of a reminder on what’s most important in life, and what could eventually become one of your biggest regrets.

With that being said, let’s have a look at the list shall we!

35 Most Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old

1. Not traveling when you had the chance.

Traveling becomes infinitely harder the older you get, especially when you start having a family and your finances and responsibilities start to increase.

2. Not learning another language.

While this one isn’t too important, you’ll eventually regret this one too. Learning another language doesn’t have to be hard, and truthfully it isn’t.

Start one now so you’ll master it the older you get.

3. Staying in a bad relationship.

Looking back, staying in a toxic relationship can be one of the worst things ever.

Not only does it waste your time, but we all want to hang on to the idea of possibility staying together with the person we once loved.

4. Neglecting Sunscreen.

Wrinkles, moles, and skin cancer can largely be avoided if you protect yourself.

Use protection!

5. Missing the chance to see your favorite musicians.

“I’ll catch that artist next time”.

Famous last words. Artists dies…

Take the chance while you can, now!

6. Being scared to do things.

As time passes, you’ll realize that a lot of times, there was actually no reason to be afraid in life.

7. 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 dream of what you could have done.

8. Letting yourself be defined by gender roles.

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Yup. Think about that for a minute.

9. Not quitting a terrible job.

Look, I get it. You have to pay the bills. But I myself made the decision to quit my crappy job and start this blog.

And you know what, it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Because not only did I quite my crappy job, but I also have the coolest job ever now writing kick ass content for you guys, but I also earn 5-figures every month off of it.

Not a bad deal, wouldn’t you say?

10. Not trying harder in school.

School is one of the most beautiful times in life.

Enjoy it, but most of all don’t screw it up.

Work hard, and you’ll get the benefits of it later in life.

11. 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.

12. Being afraid to say “I love you.”

Text 5 people right this second, and tell them that you love them.

Or, text a girl you’ve had a crush on and say that you’re in love with them.

13. Not listening to your parents’ advice.

You don’t want to hear it when you’re young, I get it.

But kids, parents always know better.

And even though I’m 25 years old and have been living on my own since I was 16, I always knew my parents were right, even when I didn’t like it.

14. Spending your youth self-absorbed.

You’ll be embarrassed about it, just don’t do it.

15. Caring too much about what other people think.

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

So don’t do it now.

16. Supporting others’ dreams over your own.

Supporting others is a beautiful thing, but not when it means you never get to shine yourself.

Put yourself first from time to time. You need it!

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17. Not moving on fast enough.

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

18. Holding grudges.

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

19. Not standing up for yourself.

Old people don’t take sh*t from anyone. Neither should you.

20. Not volunteering enough.

While the odds may ever be in your favor, you seriously need to volunteer more.

It’s one of the most beautiful things and you won’t regret it.

As a matter of fact, you’ll love it and be glad you did it.

21. Neglecting your teeth.

Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups.

It will all seem so maddeningly easy when you have dentures.

22. 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.

23. Working too much.

There’s been a study recently where hundreds of people who were dying were asked on their death bed which their biggest mistake in life was.

They almost all unanimously agreed it was that they worked too much.

24. Not learning how to cook one awesome meal.

Come on. Cooking can be awesome.

I’ve seen 60 year old people who have never learnt how to cook a dish in their entire life.

You’ll love later that you were able to cook various dishes.

25. Not stopping enough to appreciate the moment.

Nowadays, we’re all so caught up in our devices that we forget to enjoy the moment.

Stop, and enjoy your surroundings.

26. Failing to finish what you start.

Not finishing what you started can be one of the biggest regrets you’ll ever have.

“I had big dreams of becoming a business owner. I even designed my entire business plan, but then…”

27. Never mastering one awesome party trick.

You will go to hundreds, if not thousands, of parties in your life. Wouldn’t it be cool to be the life of them all?

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28. Letting yourself be defined by cultural expectations.

Letting yourself be defined by cultural expectations.

Don’t let them tell you, “We don’t do that.”

29. 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 and sadness.

30. 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.

31. Never taking a big risk (especially in love).

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.

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

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

33. Worrying too much.

As Tom Petty sang, “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”

34. Getting caught up in needless drama.

You don’t need it. Just throw it away!

35. Not spending enough time with loved ones.

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

36. Never performing in front of others.

This isn’t a regret for everyone, but many elderly people wish they knew — just once — what it was like to stand in front of a crowd and show off their talents.

37. 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 lucky to share.


Life is long ladies and gentlemen. It’s really long. So make sure you make it count and don’t have any regrets.

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