Top 37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old

01.19.2016

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So I found this article of “Those Top 37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old”, (here’s the link Top 37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old) and I thought I would audit the list. I separated the items I haven’t done from the items that I have done.

Items that DO NOT apply to me : (because I’ve already done it or I’m currently taking care of the issue) 

2. Not learning another language- I speak 4
  • You’ll kick yourself when you realize you took three years of language in high school and remember none of it.
3. Staying in a bad relationship.- Get out when the first red flag goes up 
  • No one who ever gets out of a bad relationship looks back without wishing they made the move sooner.
4. Forgoing sunscreen.- Wear it everyday
  • Wrinkles, moles, and skin cancer can largely be avoided if you protect yourself.
5. Missing the chance to see your favorite musicians.- So far so good
  • “Nah, dude, I’ll catch Nirvana next time they come through town.”
8. Letting yourself be defined by gender roles.- Grew up a tomboy but now I love being a woman
  • Few things are as sad as an old person saying, “Well, it just wasn’t done back then.”
9. Not quitting a terrible job.- Get out while you can- or you’ll hate yourself later
  • Look, you gotta pay the bills. But if you don’t make a plan to improve your situation, you might wake up one day having spent 40 years in hell.
10. Not trying harder in school.- I’ve achieved my education goals I set out
  • It’s not just that your grades play a role in determining where you end up in life. Eventually you’ll realize how neat it was to get to spend all day learning, and wish you’d paid more attention.
11. Not realizing how beautiful you were.- I think I’m alright looking
  • 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.”- Yep I’ve said this too 
  • When you’re old, you won’t care if your love wasn’t returned — only that you made it known how you felt.
13. Not listening to your parents’ advice.- I still go to them for 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.
14. Spending your youth self-absorbed.- I always saw myself as the “funny” friend,  nothing more 
  • You’ll be embarrassed about it, frankly.
15. Caring too much about what other people think.- Never cared much of what people thought
  • In 20 years you won’t give a darn about any of those people you once worried so much about.
16. Supporting others’ dreams over your own.- I think everyone deserves a fan (within reason)
  • Supporting others is a beautiful thing, but not when it means you never get to shine.
17. Not moving on fast enough.- My personality bodes to constantly be working on projects  
  • Old people look back at the long periods spent picking themselves off the ground as nothing but wasted time.
18. Holding grudges, especially with those you love.- You just have to accept people as they are, or you don’t deal with them at all. 
  • What’s the point of re-living the anger over and over?
19. Not standing up for yourself.- I’m solid on this one
  • Old people don’t take sh*t from anyone. Neither should you.
22. Missing the chance to ask your grandparents questions before they die.- They died before I was born so this was defaulted
  • 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.- I’m to young to say that
  • 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.
25. Not stopping enough to appreciate the moment.- Do this every morning when I have my coffee
  • Young people are constantly on the go, but stopping to take it all in now and again is a good thing.
26. Failing to finish what you start.- I’ve finished everything I set out to do (that doesn’t mean I don’t have more future projects)
  • Failing to finish what you start.“I had big dreams of becoming a nurse. I even signed up for the classes, but then…”
27. Never mastering one awesome party trick.- I can make a shot disappear 
  • 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?
28. Letting yourself be defined by cultural expectations.- I never have
  • 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 up, change and evolve
  • People grow apart. Clinging to what was, instead of acknowledging that things have changed, can be a source of ongoing agitation and sadness.
31. Never taking a big risk (especially in love).- If you’ve had your heart broken, you can check this off
  • 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.- I have a great 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.- I let go of what I cannot control
  • As Tom Petty sang, “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”
34. Getting caught up in needless drama.- I’m too old for this one, and it’s a waste of time
  • Who needs it?
36. Never performing in front of others.- Performed in a choir from 10 years old to 18 years old
  • 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.- I thankful that I’m able to wake up each day
  • 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.

Here is the list of Items that I HAVEN’T DONE and that I AM regretting> and I plan to change :

1. Not traveling when you had the chance.- Need to do this more
  • Traveling becomes infinitely harder the older you get, especially if you have a family and need to pay the way for three-plus people instead of just yourself. – Vietnam
6. Being scared to do things.- Taking steps right now to do so
  • Looking back you’ll think, What was I so afraid of?
7. Failing to make physical fitness a priority.- Doing this now
  • 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. – Working out now
20. Not volunteering enough.- Need to volunteer more with the organizations I support
  • OK, so you probably won’t regret not volunteering Hunger Games style, but nearing the end of one’s life without having helped to make the world a better place is a great source of sadness for many.
21. Neglecting your teeth.- Need to go to the dentist
  • Neglecting your teeth.Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups. It will all seem so maddeningly easy when you have dentures.
24. Not learning how to cook one awesome meal.- I want to make more than 1 awesome meal
  • Knowing one drool-worthy meal will make all those dinner parties and celebrations that much more special.
30. Not playing with your kids enough.- Don’t have any… yet
  • 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.
35. Not spending enough time with loved ones.- Time with family/friends can never be enough
  • Not spending enough time with loved ones.Our time with our loved ones is finite. Make it count.

So I left some answers as to what I plan to accomplish soon. They’re basic answers, nothing written in stone or planned out clearly. These items are nothing new to my TO DO list and I plan to do them. The underlined items will be done sooner than later. The rest of the items will be done eventually 😉 Ok, ttyl!

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2 thoughts on “Top 37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old

  1. That’s awesome that you have a Bands Bucket List 🙂 Yeah, the loss of David Bowie and Motorhead was so sad. I’ve gotten to see The Fray, Lindsey Sterling and few others. I worked with RockMed for awhile and I got to see quite a few concerts for free- it’s how I took advantage of it 🙂 I’ve been lucky enough to see those who I wanted to while still alive but recently Glen Fray also passed away 😦

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  2. It’s fascinating to see what people value when they write lists such as that one. The “not seeing your favourite band when they were in town” thing is how my Bands Bucket List came about – the list of bands I want to see before *they* kick the bucket. Two names have sadly been removed from the list this month 😦 David Bowie and Motorhead. Who did you get to see when you had the chance?

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