When you reach the age of 60 you notice changes: friends die far too young and aches and pains restrict all the fun you used to have. Dinner discussions center around dealing with health issues, making money last through retirement and keeping up with technology. We often fail to sit back and think about what we have that makes us happy or to create a list of the things we want to accomplish before we are no longer able. In assessing our lives there are things that we may regret. Here are some ideas to avoid that feeling.
10 things you might regret
Not seeing the world. As you age traveling becomes more difficult. Now is the time to buy a ticket to those places you have dreamed about— don’t wait. According to Jani Miller, president of Central Travel, “Travel unleashes one’s curiosity, encourages the soul and creates a platform to make dear friends worldwide. I myself cherish every opportunity I’ve had to explore the world for the past 40 years and am excited about the ‘to do’ bucket list that should keep me exploring for many years to come.”
Staying in a bad relationship.
Be it a husband, family member, friend or a job— when there are unchangeable issues, consider moving on without looking back. Life is too short to spend your precious time with dysfunctional people or doomed situations.
Missing the chance to participate in life.
Go see your favorite musicians, participate in an art project, and join an exercise class. If money is an issue there are plenty of things you can do for free. Don’t be someone who spends their physical peak time on a couch.
Supporting others’ dreams over your own.
Supporting others is a beautiful thing, but not when it means you never get to shine. If you want to perform in front of others— take a chance.
Dream big and act on your dreams.
Savage and Associate’s Russ Karbin reminds us that we need to to have fun and enjoy every day of life with those closest to us: “Create lasting memories for yourself! Use your money for a trip to Disney or a day away, for anyone it can simply be an evening at a campfire roasting marshmallows. Enjoy memories together that live beyond your lifetime and money!”
Not spending enough time with your children and grandchildren.
We often think we will have all the time we need, but our time with our loved ones is limited so make it count. Pamela Rybka, clinical counselor, tells us the most important thing is to spend time with your children and grandchildren. “Work can wait— take a day off; your children and grandchildren will grow up in a flash and as you age the cherished memories of that time together will be most important.”
STOP Caring too much about what other people think.
Live your life as you want to, with no apologies. – Pamela Rybka, LPC
Never taking a big risk— especially in love.
Knowing that you took a leap of faith at least once, even if you fail, will be a great comfort when you think back on your boldness.
Worrying too much.
Drama, grudges, needless petty confrontations— who needs it?
What’s the point of reliving anger? Get over it and on with your life. Rybka reminds us that it is important for a person’s health and well-being to let stressful situations go. It is critical to live and enjoy the present.
Forgetting to appreciate the moment.
It is hard to see in the beginning, but eventually it becomes clear that every moment on this earth— from the boring to the amazing— is a gift that we’re all so incredibly lucky to share— so take advantage of your time to always look at the brighter side and the best things in life.