1. Not having traveled when you had the
chance. Traveling is harder as you grow old, because having a family of three
or more people is more complicated than supporting yourself.
2. Not having learned another language.
You will regret having spent more than 4 years studying a second language at
school and yet you don’t remember a thing about it.
3. Staying in a bad relationship.
Remember that “If you decide to be in an unhappy relationship, you have decided
to be unhappy”. Believe me, no one who has walked away from a bad relationship
has turned back and not wished they had done it before.
4. Forgetting to wear sunscreen. Moles,
wrinkles, skin cancer are some of the health problems that can be avoided if
you take care of yourself.
5. Missing out on an opportunity to go
to a concert. “Nah! No worries. Amy Winehouse will come back to Mexico next
6. Being afraid of doing stuff. Every
time you look back, you’ll think “Why was I so afraid of that?”
7. Not making “exercising” a priority.
Many people will reach their peak lying on a couch. When you make it to 40, 50
or more, you will regret doing nothing instead of caring a little for yourself.
8. Let yourself be defined by gender
roles. There is nothing as sad as hearing you say, “back in those days things
were not done like that”. Dare to break paradigms.
9. Not quitting the job you hate. Ok.
We understand there are bills to pay, but if you don’t have a plan to improve,
you might wake up 40 years later living in work hell.
10. Not having tried harder at school. It’s
not like grades will make you more worthy, but some day you’ll say to yourself
you wish you had paid more attention in class.
11. Not realizing how handsome/pretty
you are. Many of us spend a long time being sorry for not being handsome and
spend fortunes in improving something we don’t like. In all actuality, we are
beautiful all the time.
12. Being afraid to say “I love you”. As
you grow older, you’ll find that even though you were not always loved back,
you would have always liked to share your feelings.
13. Not listening to your parents’
advice. We know, when you are young you don’t even want to hear them, but
believe us; you’ll wish you can at least hear their voice, let alone their
advice. And the best thing is everything they said was true.
14. Pay much attention to what people
think of you. I swear, in 20 years you will not even remember what was it that
people said about you, that you cared so much about.
15. Support other people’s dreams above
your own. Yes, helping others is good, if and when you take the time to shine
for yourself and make your own dreams come true.
16. Holding a grudge or resentment against
someone. That means letting someone live in your head without paying rent. It
is not worth it. What’s the point of remembering over and over how they hurt
you? Let it go.
17. Not standing up for yourself.
Grownups don’t take what they don’t want, and you shouldn’t either.
18. Not having done volunteer work.
Believe me; volunteering to make someone’s life better is something you will
never regret. It feels incredible.
19. Not caring for your teeth. Brush, floss, and
see your dentist regularly. When you’re older and lose three or four teeth,
you’ll wish you took better care of them.
20. Not asking your grandparents about
the facts of life before they’re gone. They have already walked the path you
are walking and are an immense fountain of wisdom. Don’t miss out on the
opportunity to show your love before they’re not there anymore.
21. Working too much. Nobody on the
brink of death has wished they have worked more or spent more time at the
office. On the contrary, they wish they have spent more time with their family,
friends or hobbies.
22. Not being able to cook at least one
dish you like. You will always be remembered by cooking “Hernandez Eggs”,
“Enchiladas Susana”, or “Chicken Elena”. Learn to cook. You’ll thank yourself.
23. Not stopping to appreciate the
moment. Yes, we know, youth are always so active; nonetheless, it is good to
stop and look around. Do it.
24. Not ending what you start. “It
bothers me when people cannot finish a phra…”
25. Let yourself be defined by cultural
expectations. Never let anybody tell you: “We don’t do that”.
26. Not letting your friends carry on
with their own lives. Friends grow apart. They each have their own life and
must do what they deem best for them. Getting in their way causes trouble and
sadness; you don’t want that.
27. Not having played more with your
children. When you grow older, you’ll see how your children went from “Daddy
let’s play” to “Get out of my room, dad”.
28. Not taking risks, especially when it
comes to love. Knowing you dared to ask someone out, even if it was the biggest
fiasco ever, will be a sweet memory when you’re old. The same goes for everyday
life. In the end you will laugh about it.
29. Not taking the time to make
contacts. You will always need them, always. So you better start making them.
30. Worrying too much about everything.
If things can be fixed, why worry? If they cannot be fixed, why worry?
31. Making more drama than necessary.
What for? Nobody needs it. Relax, man!
32. Not spending more time with your
loved ones. Time we spend with people we
love is limited and will be over soon. Make the best of it and take maximum
33. Never have sung or spoken to an
audience. Yes, it is a difficult thing, it sounds crazy. But daring will boost
your self esteem. You can do it, even if you don’t believe it. You will be
34. Not having made love more times with
your spouse. Sex is a supreme act of happiness and ecstasy. Even more when you
do it with the one you love. Unfortunately it comes with an expiration date.
You will regret not doing it more often.
35. Not having been timely grateful. It
is hard to see at the beginning, but it eventually becomes clear that every
moment is this world, from the most mundane to the most incredible, is a gift
that has been given us and we are incredibly fortunate to have received it.