I was thinking the other day about things we should all do now to have a better future. It is easy to look back with regret (like I have) on my teens or 20s and said:
“Oh I wish I had saved more money & had been more frugal during my college years and realized I was taking on a massive amount of debt.”
Hindsight is 20/20 and it is also full of negative regret, so I thought I’d come up with my own list of things everyone should do in their 30s to prevent such regret.
I am not perfect in any of these following items by any means, but it is always a good thing for me to review what I think are important things in life and to actually do it.
1. Save money for your coming retirement now; do not rely on government plans.
2. Try hard to stop smoking, it causes cancer, wrinkles & ruins your lungs for life just google it.
I’m really against it only because there have been deaths in my family because of it.
3. Go for regular checkups.
Visit your doctor every year and women, get PAP smears every 5 years; your dentist every year and your ophthalmologist (eye doctor) every 2 years for checkups.
4. Do cancer checks on your body by checking for new and unusually shaped moles, and women, do breast exams on yourself to check for lumps.
“Early cancer detection is key.”
5. Learn that you make your own happiness.
I struggle with this sometimes, but you really make your own happiness. If you’re jealous of others, it is because you are comparing yourself to others — why!?
6. Eat less meat. Don’t give it up completely, but cut back.
Everything in moderation, meat can also be a condiment sometimes not the main star of a meal.
7. Wear sunscreen on a daily basis and polarized sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection to protect your eyes
8. Brush AND FLOSS your teeth on a regular basis; brushing is useless without flossing.
I also like to use interdental brushes to really get stuff out in between my teeth that floss misses.
9. Realize that money isn’t everything.
Yes, you need to work, to save, put food on the table, and to pay for things, but don’t turn into a workaholic and sacrifice your life and peace of mind to do so.
10. Take an educational trip abroad.
If you are able to and you have saved for it, instead of buying things to fill the inner void or going to that beach resort, make a plan to use that money to travel abroad to Asia, Australia, Africa, The Middle East, Europe… and experience other cultures and ways of life.
You can do it for cheap by staying in motels & eating from grocery stores rather than living it up.
11. Looks fade, but personality remains.
Don’t be fooled by charming faces, or get caught up in the cycle of trying to look younger, hotter. Yes, beauty is important from a biological standpoint but being attractive isn’t everything.
Truth: you will never look like a teenager unless you are a teenager, so embrace your current age & look forward with pride and joy at growing older.
“Cultivate your brain & personality instead.”
12. Everyone has a personal story and a struggle they’re battling, so be nice to everyone. EVERYONE.
It doesn’t hurt to say hello to the janitor, or to just strike up friendly conversation with a stranger.
13. Cherish those close to you; your family is not necessarily your only ‘family’, you have close friends whom you can treat as well as siblings.
14. Think, act, live and breathe being green.
It can be hard when things are so convenient in plastic, and garbage seems to be magically whisked off in trucks and dumped in landfills, but what kind of Earth are we creating & leaving behind for future generations?
Little no-effort things like using your own cup instead of getting a disposable one, or being more thoughtful in purchases can be impactful.
15. Focus on experiences & gratitude.
I’m not just talking about traveling, but even just appreciating that you are healthy, whole, safe, and rich enough to take a walk outside without fear of war, enjoy a cup of tea with clean water, go to the grocery store to choose from an abundance of food, or do mundane things that others in the world are literally dying to be able to do.