Things You Will Regret Not Doing When You Have the Chance

We’ve all felt regret at some point of our lives. I bet some of you are feeling it right now, and you’ve been in despair ever since things did or did not happen the way you wanted. You didn’t do something and you wished you would have. And more than anything you want to be able to go back in time and get a do-over. You’ve probably replayed scenarios in your head repeatedly, thinking of all the things you could have done or said. You’re trapped in a shoulda/coulda/woulda perspective, and it’s a miserable place to be, isn’t it?

1. Not traveling enough

Exploring new cities and countries is a great experience that will leave you with eternal memories. The more places you travel to, the more you get to discover and understand another countries culture, beliefs, religion, politics, or just simply the way they live their everyday lives. Having this knowledge can educate you on how diverse each country is. It’s important to take the time, and go. Do it for the experience and the memories that you can’t get by just sitting at home. My favorite time of the year is the summertime because every summer, my family and I make it a point to travel out of the country. This year we are going to Aruba and I am ecstatic about learning about the Aruban culture.

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2. Not finishing goals, you start

Anyone can start a goal, but it says a lot about a person’s character and willpower if they finish the goals they started. Goals are what you set out to achieve in life, so if you chose not to finish them, your life will feel incomplete. Start a bucket list of every goal you want to achieve, both long-term and short-term, then make it happen. Decide what you want to achieve in life, and start right now because tomorrow you’re going to wish you would have started yesterday. My most successful goal was accomplished this past summer when i reached my weight-loss/ fitness goals with the help an awesome nutrition team.

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3. Spending too much time on your cell phone

Face-to Face interactions will always be more meaningful. Aside from all the physical and mental damage that constantly being on your phone causes, it also causes social effects. We, as a society are being less connected with each other and are hiding behind our phones. Conversations are becoming less deep and significant because we are constantly distracted with our phones. Physical interaction with a person is much more momentous than a text message will ever be. We are so used to trying to record moments, rather than just enjoying the moment. When i am with my friends, or loved ones I always try to not let my phone distract me so i can enjoy each moment with them, instead of enjoying each moment with my phone.

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4. Getting comfortable/Being afraid to try new things

Taking risks is a part of growing so we should do them often. Comfort zones block growth, meaning it’s impossible to grow if you’re always stuck at the same spot. The main reason people get comfortable is because they are afraid of the unknown. Not knowing what is going to happen or how you’re going to feel scares people and they run back to their comfort zones.  Unfortunately, that leads to boredom and missed opportunities. And you know what happens when you miss opportunities? You start to regret what you didn’t do, but should have. So, go out there and take the job, jump off a plane, or speak in front of thousands of people. Do what it takes to get your adrenaline going, and don’t look back. Most importantly, don’t let fear be your biggest regret. This is definitely one I need to work on more. Sometimes my fears do get in the way, but when i do find myself overcoming them; like parasailing above shark infested water, I find out what an awesome experience is was and am so happy I didn’t let it pass me by.

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5. Working too much

It seems that one of the most common regrets people have later in life, is working too much. So much of life appears to revolve around making money and getting ahead, but that is just a routine of choice. There is so much more to life than work, like spending time with your loved ones, or taking up a hobby you enjoy. What good is the money if you don’t get to spend it on things you like or go on vacations/escapes because you don’t have time since you’re always working. It’s important to take time to do the things you like, and spend time with the people you love while you can. One day, that opportunity or person will be gone, and you will shame yourself for not making time because your job was your number one priority. I try to balance my schedule now between work, school, and leisure time, sometimes it can get overwhelming, but at least this way i get a little taste of everything.

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Although going back in time is not possible, getting a second chance may be. It may not be the exact same situation, but it is possible for the universe to deliver similar situations where you can get a second chance to do what you missed out on and regretted not doing the first time. If you are given another opportunity, don’t miss out on not doing or saying it because you will regret it. However, this is only if you’re lucky, so take risks the first time around. The only regrets in life are the chances we didn’t take.


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3 thoughts on “Things You Will Regret Not Doing When You Have the Chance

  1. One thing I have learned that can be a source regret for myself is working too much. In particular, not having the disconnect between your work life and family life can impact both negatively in time. That is why its best to separate as much as possible. Yes, I could answer that email or yes I can work on that report when at home.. but what has to be neglected to do so? My family? I don’t think so..

  2. I have just realized that during college I should travel more before I have to settle down. Work is needed to make money to pay for things but life is a balance that college helps you learn. I was raised in a society of technology but I have learned to disconnect from the phone to open my eyes to the real world that is in front of me and not behind a screen. Its like always taking pictures to put on Instagram so other people can see them and you can have them forever but you will pass up the feelings the pictures gave you while not taking in the moments as they are.

  3. I would have to agree that traveling is #1. Traveling while your young is so beneficial in many ways.

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