15 Things People Commonly Regret As They Get Older

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Everyone has regrets. Whether yours are big or small, regrets are simply a part of life. However, do you think you’ll have a whole list of them when you get older? These are the most common regrets people have as they age, so recognize them and work towards making a change.

1. Staying At A Toxic Job

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Yes, you have bills to pay. But if you absolutely despise your job and it’s making you miserable, that attitude will reflect onto other areas of your life as well. The money is never worth it if your job is a toxic environment.

2. Staying In A Toxic Relationship

Speaking of toxic, remaining in an unhealthy relationship is exactly that — unhealthy. Don’t let years of your life go by with someone who doesn’t make you happy, or who you’re no longer in love with.

3. Not Traveling Enough

There is so much to see in the world, so go out and see it! Travel while you can, before age and health complications make travel plans difficult. Go ahead and start checking off those places on your bucket list!

4. Not Taking Care Of Your Body

Exercise and a healthy diet are so important. When you let these things slide, it can negatively impact many areas of your life. Ensure that you respect your body so that you have enough fuel to do the things you love.

5. Drifting From Good Friends

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Yes, life gets busy. In fact, life gets really busy. However, when you don’t make the time for good and old friends, you’ll begin to drift. And meaningful friendships are hard to recover once lost.

6. Holding Grudges

Yes, people may upset you. But holding a longstanding grudge against them will only hurt you in the long run. Forgive, let go, and move on.

7. Not Learning How To Cook

Cooking for yourself or your family is so important. It will bring you satisfaction to make something delicious, and it’s much cheaper than eating out all the time. There are tons of simple, quick recipes out there, so get started!

8. Not Spending Enough Time Outdoors

We can learn many things from nature, and it’s important to reconnect with the great outdoors often. This is especially important if you have an office job, so remember to get outside.

9. Not Wearing Sunscreen

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I cannot stress this one enough. Being tanned is not worth wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer. Always wear sunscreen before you leave the house. Your older self will thank you.

10. Caring Too Much About What Others Think

Don’t let your confidence and mental health be dictated by what other people think. Focus on your own path, and only surround yourself with people who know and respect your worth.

11. Not Living In The Moment

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If you’re stuck focusing on the past or worrying about the future, there is simply no room for you to appreciate the present. It’s cliche, but don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. There is so much to appreciate in the present moment.

12. Not Spending Enough Time With Your Kids

Don’t let your career or other aspect of life get in the way of spending time with your children. Your relationship with them is far more important than anything else, so make the time, actually listen, and enjoy their company.

13. Being Close-Minded

Even if you were raised with a specific religious background or viewpoints, that doesn’t give you an excuse to be close-minded. Everyone is different, and everyone’s opinions are valid and worth listening to. Open your mind to different religions, cultures, and lifestyles, and you’ll be surprised at how much happier and accepting you’ll become.

14. Not Spending Enough Time With Family Members

Don’t let the occasional family reunion be the only time you see your extended family. Make a special effort to spend time with your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and especially grandparents. Once they’re no longer with us, it’s time we will never get back.

15. Letting Fear Hold You Back

If you let fear rule your life, you’ll never experience some of the best things in life. Life begins the minute you exit your comfort zone, so don’t let yourself be bogged down by those “what ifs.”