Life is a fast paced race and in the middle of our busy schedules, we generally don’t focus on our future. The thing to remember is that your life is not going to be the same the next moment, a few weeks later and definitely not after a year. You’ll never have this time back which you are spending while reading this article.
So, take a step back and contemplate on the things that you are doing, not doing or doing wrong that you will regret in the future. It is only when 10 years down the line you look back to this moment and realize that you have been chasing wrong ideas of happiness and success, and then it will be too late. So, read on to find out what you’ll have to do (or not do) to correct your course and have a regret free life:
If you can use your brain better, Why not? The key to living life happily is not about outsmarting others, but it lies in raising ones’ self confidence and problem solving abilities. And meditation works at whatever age you start. And as Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan says that, “A True Saint always teaches meditation free and supports himself by the dint of hardwork” So get started!
2. Ignoring Fitness
There is a huge difference between being out of shape and being unhealthy. It is quite alright to not have 6 pack abs, but at the same time you must also not weigh 100 kgs if you don’t have the height to support that kind of weight. Don’t get fit for the world or to impress any one, but do it because you owe it to yourself. The only thing that will stay with you till you die is your body, so take good care of it.
The world runs on money and if you don’t start saving now, you’re going to regret it the most. You might have a high paying job right now and you might feel that you deserve to pamper yourself with all the money you are making in exchange for your hard work. But, everyone knows how unstable future can be and if, god forbid, things ever go south you must have at least some savings for a rainy day.
Do something you lov
If you are stuck in a boring 9-5 job that just involves working with numbers or writing a code in a 4×4 cubicle, do yourself a favour and quit. Go out and make your passion your career. It must be the biggest dilemma of your life right now, but 10 years down the line, you will be happy with your decision. It is important that you follow your dreams to escape regrets. Pick up a camera if you love photography or a pen and paper if you love writing. But, if you don’t take the plunge right now for something you love doing, it will become your biggest regret.
Many of us spend years in a friendship that is toxic for us just because we are afraid of not finding the right one or because we are too afraid to let go. We humans are always in search for a perfect friend, but if we don’t let the wrong ones go, we’ll never find the right ones.
How many times have you cancelled your travel plans due to your work commitments? You are not getting any younger and with time, responsibilities on the job will only increase. If you don’t get on that plane now, when will you? So, stop putting your travel plans on hold and go see the world.
Working too much
Staying late at work every evening might make you feel like you’re on the road to success right now, but 10 years down the line you will realise that you’ve wasted the most precious time of your life working in a dingy office and not spending time with some you love or doing something you’re passionate about. You’ll regret cancelling on those movie nights with friends or those dinner dates with your wife and kids.
Live on your own
If you have never lived on your own independently, you’ll miss out on one of the most essential experiences of life. You’re going to wish that you must have applied to a University abroad or got a job outside of your hometown. Everyone must learn how to live in this huge world on their own at least once even if for a little while.
Not maintaining friendships
Friends drifting away and getting busy in their own lives is a very common phenomenon. You might also get so busy in your life that you might not have time to reconnect with your old buddies. The result being losing the people who really matter. So, don’t let the people who matter drift apart. It is not that difficult to just grab your phone and text that long lost friend of yours and rekindle your bond.
After a few years, you’ll regret wasting so much time sitting at home and doing nothing. Instead, you can go out and meet interesting people, experience new things and make valuable memories. Don’t put off or cancel plans. Just go out and do something constructive and new in your free time.
Spend time with family and loved ones
We generally neglect our parents as we grow up as we are too engrossed with our work that we just can’t take the time out to ask our parents how their day went. When you look back on your life, you won’t remember the balance sheets and cost sheets. No matter the work load you got on your plate, always make time for your family. Do not forget that with you, they are also getting older and when they are gone, the time won’t come back to see them smile once again or to tell them how much you love them. Be a good son/daughter and spend as much time with your parents as you can otherwise the regret of neglecting your parents will be the toughest to overcome.
Later in your life, you’ll realise that you could have saved a lot of valuable relationships and friendships if your ego wasn’t as tall as the Eiffel Tower. Taking the first step for saving a relationship is hard, but it is worth it. So, apologize to people who matter while there is still time.
Do something crazy
When you’re 40, you’re going to wish that you would have done something unbelievably crazy when you were young. You’d wish that life wasn’t so boring. So, now is the time to make your life interesting. Go skydiving, bungee jumping, or rafting. Challenge your limits and make the most of your life.
Give importance to yourself
You’re not a box of Ferrero Rocher or a Pizza and therefore, you definitely can’t please everyone. Putting others before yourself and allowing people to walk all over you is definitely not a good idea. Love yourself, give importance to yourself, stay true to yourself and the world will love you for that.
Don’t judge people
veryone you meet in life is fighting a different sort of battle. There is a reason behind why they are the way they are. So, don’t judge or hate anyone without actually knowing them first. It’s entirely possible that you don’t like a person on the basis of their first impression, but before you completely rule them out from your life, try to get to know them first.
Give up jealousy/envy
Envy is one of the seven deadliest sins known to mankind. Whatever the situation may be, don’t be jealous of others’ happiness and wish well upon them under all circumstances. Good things will come your way soon too.
Use your energy wisely and constructively
Focus your energy on your work, your loved ones and your hobbies. Whatever you do, give your 100% to it. Spending your energy on complaining and worrying will only slow you down from realising your true potential. Don’t focus on the negatives and just focus on the positive aspects of everything.
Don’t miss out on opportunities
Grab every opportunity that has been thrown at you, even if you fail at a few of them. Failure is necessary for a successful life. Later in your life you won’t regret failures, but you will regret the missed opportunities.