To err is human! We all make mistakes in life and later regret – “I wish I had better guidance, things would have been different” or “I wish I was more matured” or I could have done some more interesting things if only I was young” so on and on. Isn’t it? So, what mistakes can you avoid at 30 to make your life better at 50?
Sure, we learn from our mistakes and that’s how we grow in life. But, don’t you think this process will become a little easier if you learn from mistakes that others did and seek lessons from other people’s lives?
People on different online forums like Quora were asked about things they wished they had done in their younger years, that would have made their life better at 50.
Here are incredible answers that will help you in self-assessment, elevate your thinking, and navigate challenging situations wisely. So if you have hit 30, then you have got some big tasks to finish.
1. Smoke away your worries, not your lungs.
If you don’t like smoking then kudos to you! But, if you have started smoking, then pause. Smoking not only burns your pocket, but makes you smell gross! Try to quit before it takes a toll on your health and ruins your hard earned money.
“If you could see me now, I’m down on my poor, crackling knees begging you to at least consider stopping smoking,” writes Quora user Cyndi Perlman Fink.
Do you want to die bed ridden with deadly diseases, fighting each day, popping meds instead of delicious food?
If not, then stop smoking!
2. Maintain peaceful and harmonious relationships with parents and siblings.
Your generation is quite different from that of your parents and chances are high that your perspective of life has changed a lot. You and your parents may not be on the same page in regards to job, relationships, career and many other things. You may have heated arguments on several occasions. You have to practise getting along with people you don’t agree with on many issues.
“I come from a family which is very argumentative. If you didn’t understand the situation you might at times think we hate each other. But it isn’t like that at all. Rather, we are free to speak our minds because the family ties are so strong.” writes Quora user Robert Walker.
3. Eat healthy.
You can eat crap and keep making as much money as you want, but your money can’t buy you good health.
“Give up on fast food right now at age 30.” writes Quora user Sireesha Chilakamarri.
Add loads of vegetables, fruits, to your diet and well-balance it with lean meats, nuts, fiber with limited starches, sugars, and salt as suggested by another Quora user Salwa Halabia.
Drink more water than alcohol and sugary drinks. Increase your calcium intake to keep your bones strong at 50.
4. Stop going out in the sun without sunblock.
If you want young, glowing skin even at your old age, then always use sunscreen before stepping out of your home.Use right moisturizers, cleansers, and pay for the right face treatment now. So, you don’t have to go for Botox and other expensive facial treatments in your 40s and 50s.
“I was stupid. I didn’t listen. Do you want wrinkles and thin skin from sun damage like I have and do you want bruises from just lightly touching the side of a box and having your skin peel off? Go ahead, enjoy lying in the sun without sunblock,” writes Quora user Cyndi Perlman Fink.