So make changes now!
We all do things that we either consciously, or subconsciously know we may kick ourselves in the butts for in the near or far future. However, we often continue to do these things regardless of the consequences that sadly, we are often completely aware of.
When I think about how precious life is and how short it can truly be, the more and more I realize how important it is to not live life in ways that we shouldn’t.
The question then becomes, will the five (5) things that I’ve noted below make you change the way you live your life? Or will you continue to do these things out of habit or blatant disregard? When we are young, we tend to make decisions and choices without weighing out the pros and cons – ultimately, without thinking about our futures.
For 5 things that you will 100% regret later on in life but still have adequate time to adjust, keep on reading…
1. Not Spending Enough Time With Your Loved Ones
For me personally now that I am in my mid 20’s, I can see with clarity that those around me are getting older. In fact, I’ve experienced more and more deaths within my family each and every year that passes. As a result of this, I was able to recognize just how important it is to build healthy relationships and most importantly, memories with those dear to my heart, whether that be in regards to family members, or friends. As a silly teenager, I was naive and unsuccessful in terms of thinking this way.
One thing that we foolishly tend to believe is that we have all the time in the world to spend with those closest to us. The ugly truth is that we do not have the luxury of infinite time, and that time moves much quicker than you could ever imagine it could move. At the end of the day, you can never really know as to when it may be the last day on earth for someone that you love. Therefore, cherish every single day and spend quality time with those who are important to you.
2. Forgetting To have FUN!
The career in which you’ve spent an excessive amount of time, money and effort into grooming is very important, don’t get me wrong, but it should not be your number one priority. If your laptop is your best friend and you are spending your free time worked up about the upcoming work week, then you are definitely going to miss your opportunities to worry about the things in life that actually matter. It is crucial for us to understand the difference between what must be done today, and what can be done tomorrow. Life is too short, and I promise you that you will never look back and think to yourself that you should have worked more. If anything, we are likely to look back and wish that we should have worked a little less. We work to live… we should not live to work.
We should not have to feel as though we must be available or “online” 24-hours a day. We should not have to feel guilty for not answering that one email that came in over the weekend. We should not have to feel guilty for putting our “out of office” on when we go on our much-deserved vacations.
I believe that my job is very important.
I take my work load very seriously.
I work my butt off to ensure the smooth and effective development of a task.
However, I can also recognize the importance of ‘me time’.
3. Not Wearing Sunscreen
Sunscreen! Do not leave your humble abode without it. If you fail to adequately protect your skin from the sun, you will 100% regret it. The two most important reasons for protecting yourself from the sun in my books is skin cancer as #1, and wrinkles as #2! Sunburns have a direct correlation to sagging (and aging) skin. Protect your skin to the best of your ability, specifically your face by wearing SPF sunscreen underneath your makeup every single time you leave the house, even in the winter. Even WIND has harmful effects on your elastic skin. Once you receive a sunburn, your skin’s collagen is negatively affected which ultimately, allows for its elasticity to decrease. If you fail to wear sunscreen, you can kiss your clear skin goodbye.
On the other side of the spectrum, skin cancer is a very real problem that should be taken extremely seriously. It is a fact that the sun causes most forms of skin cancers, and some can be deadly. Although sunscreen is a tool that we use to help reduce our chances of acquiring skin cancer, it is also important that we limit the amount of time we spend being exposed to the sun in general. The life you have is very precious… It is not worth compromising just to achieve that dewy glow. Protect yourself the right way, and don’t be silly.
4. Not Learning How To Save
Isn’t it funny how money can magically disappear from your accounts? I know first hand how difficult it can be to resist purchasing that outstanding pair of shoes or that “must have” outfit, but I also understand the importance of adequately budgeting and ultimately, saving for my future. It is no lie that life is getting more and more expensive, which is why it is critical to begin saving early. Once you hit the age of 30, I can almost guarantee that you are going to kick yourself in the ass for failing to properly save, and every decision that you made in the past regarding purchases will finally come to light as a “bad idea”.
Saving money can help you to feel more financially secure and ultimately, provide you with a safety net. I personally budget every aspect of my life using a custom budget that I have designed for myself based on my monthly earnings from my full-time job. I am a shopaholic, and if I can adequately meet my monthly saving goals, then so can you! Do not take your money for granted – spend it fairly but if you are able, do not feel bad about splurging from time to time either.
5. Failing To Take Chances – Wondering “What If” And Ignoring Spontaneity
As difficult as it can be, always trust that little voice at the back of your head and be as confident as possible with your spontaneous decisions. If you fail to do so, one day you may wake up and ask yourself “why didn’t I go through with this” or “why didn’t I do that”. I’m only 26 and I’ve already started with the “what if’s”, and to be honest… it’s a heavy weighted feeling that really sucks. If you don’t proceed with the chances that are starring you dead in the face, you will regret it. Who wants to wake up at 35 years old asking themselves “why didn’t I ask that guy/girl out when I had the opportunity” or “why didn’t I move forward with accepting that new job”?
It becomes increasingly more difficult to be spontaneous once you’ve settled down and have more and more responsibilities such as children, a house take care of or bills to pay for example. Take advantage of what comes your way and don’t always ignore spontaneity, even though it can appear scary.
“What if’s” suck. Don’t let this verbiage become part of your vocabulary.
Continuously remind yourself of these things in order to dodge that stomach quenching feeling of regret. Picture yourself right now at 40, 50, 60, 70 or even 80 years old. Do you want to look back at how your life has unfolded and be unsatisfied? Will you feel fulfilled with the decisions that you made and the experiences you submerged yourself in?
We are all eligible to take risks, make mistakes (learn from them) and ultimately, figure out who we are as individuals. However, we are each responsible for ensuring that we lay down the foundations for a successful future. Don’t wait until it’s too late – acknowledge these 5 things and take action now.
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