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Things That People Wish They’d Started at a Younger Age

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Hindsight is 20/20, and once you’ve reached a certain age, it’s common to look back and think about all of the ways you could have improved your life by starting one good habit or another earlier.

These 14 people have some great thoughts, so younger people take heed!

14. All day every day.

Listening to radio/podcast/audiobooks.

13. It’s ok to take a reaction beat.

thinking. sometimes you just have to stop for a while and think. you will be seeing a lot more

12. You don’t want to get stuck.

Quitting my old job to find something better. I’m a person of habit and I stayed there because it was stable and I was afraid of losing that if I tried to find another job.

I dropped an application at another company with my years of experience listed right on the front. My phone blew up the next day.

They wanted to hire me on the spot. Offered me double what I was currently making. I nearly had a heart attack. It’s been almost a year now and I couldn’t be happier.

11. Don’t obsess over it, though.

Taking my diet seriously. Not long before my 25th birthday I had high blood pressure, insulin resistance (from PCOS apparently), popping joints, fatigue, permanent discoloration from obesity chub rub, sleep apnea.

The past 3 months I’ve lost 15 out of the 150 I need to lose, so the road ahead is long. I just want to be hot (and alive) while I’m still in my 20s lmao

10. Do it sooner rather than later.

Saving for retirement. It’s always said and mostly ignored until you get older and realize you’ve made a grave mistake. To compare, if you started saving just $200 a month at 18 to retire at 65, you would end up with approximately $330,000 (at a lo w rate of return).

If you waited just 10 more years to start saving the same amount, and started saving $200 a month at age 28, you would only have $200,000. Your best friend for saving for retirement is time. Even if you are only saving $50 a month at 18, it is still vastly better than saving $200 a month if you’ve waited too long to start.

9. Especially with your kids.

Saying yes more often.

Once I started doing it, I began realizing how much fun/great stuff I had avoided because of prejudices or lack of good will.

8. A worthy pursuit.

Learning a second language, My Dad’s side of the family are from France and came over to the UK during Ww2, My nan wanted to teach me French when I was younger but being a stupid kid I just wanted to play PlayStation and never bothered.

It is the one regret I have in life, now she is no longer here I am teaching myself. I would highly recommend learning a second language for any reason even just as a way to pass time on a train with duolingo

7. It’s not a dirty word.

Mine would be saying no more often, interestingly enough. The thought of staying in on a weekend night repulsed me for the longest.

It didn’t help matters when I met my wife, because she was the exact same way. We’d go to concerts and comedy shows on weeknights, double dates with friends at least once or twice a week, just any excuse to go out, blow money, and socialize.

Over the last year or two, we’ve started to morph into homebodies, and this quarantine stuff has helped even more. It feels nice to stay in and enjoy each other’s company, or even do our own thing in opposite rooms.

6. Both mediums are worthy.

Watching movies. I have always been a reader and watched movies very rarely but due to lockdown i was looking for some movie recommendations and made a list of movies my favorite writers liked.

Watched every movie by fellini and chaplin and now it feels like falling in love. I have literally watched a movie a day last month.

5. Being an introvert is fine, but not every day.

Have friends, spend time with people, social interactions.

4. Just keep at it.

Waking up early in the mornings (5ish),

I really struggle in the mornings so waking up early and going for a walk lets me get through the shit before I start working, Took me a few months to adjust though.

3. Try something new every day.

Eating food with more spice thus trying foods from other cultures.

For years the spiciest food I ate had only salt and pepper and I missed out on soooooooo many other foods from sooooooo many other cultures.

2. You never know when it will be the last time.

Spent more time with my mum while I could.

And my dad I suppose, but feel that regret less.

1. Not just for a rainy day.

Saving money.

Still so angry at teenage me for buying all that crap when I could have been building a nice pot up without even having to sacrifice too much disposable income (which was most of my income at that age!).

I agree 100% with all of these (though some I still need to work on myself)!

What would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments!