Regrets… We all have them. The only resolution to regret is making peace with the past, learn from it and move on. Here are some common regrets and advice on how to avoid them.
Putting other people’s needs before your own
Stop complaining about being in the passenger seat of your own life. It is time to take the wheel and go where you chose to go. You are wasting precious time trying to make others happy while neglecting your needs. WAKE-UP! Start taking time for yourself. Don’t pass up that promotion or turn down an exciting adventure. Start making choices that are a good fit for YOU.
Question whether you’re too old
Don’t be like Danny Glover in “Lethal Weapon” and say, “I’m too old for this shit.” Well, maybe you don’t want to be chasing down bad guys at 50 but remember, you’re just as old as you think you are. Age is a number, not a commandment. Helen Keller said that “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Never lose that childhood spirit that dwells within you.
Not Piggy-Banking $$$ or Investing in the future
If you want to retire and spend your golden years living the life you want, now’s the time to start planning. Most people regret not saving or investing enough when they had the chance. Learning to budget and stash away your money now will keep that “regret” off the list.
Neglecting your parents
Many people openly admit they regretted not spending enough time with their parents when they were young enough to actively participate. Calling, planning trips, and spending time becomes increasingly difficult as we age. Pencil the parents onto your calendar now before it’s too late.
Stop the skipping record
Dwelling on negative events, lost lovers, and bad experiences are utterly exhausting. Ask yourself “Is this the best use of my time?” Time waits for no man. Don’t spend it on B.S. LET IT GO and turn up that dancing music.
Expectations and Comparisons
Stop comparing yourself to others. If you think you should be married, should have kids, should own a home and by now, you should have a rocking high paying job but are still working on those things… you set yourself up for unrealistic expectations. Too many expectations can burden the soul with “should” and “if only” statistics. You are a one of a kind human being, and your gifts and talents are not like anyone else in the world! Appreciate where you are and where you are going. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Take Care of Yourself
Many complain that they don’t have the body they want or enough energy. Ignoring our health can be one of the BIGGEST regrets. Make good and healthy choices TODAY and tomorrow the body in the mirror… will be the body you’ve earned.