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5 Things You Will Regret in Your 30s

Updated on April 3, 2018
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Avoid future regrets with these lessons

It's easy to be happy-go-lucky when you're still young. All you care about is what you want to wear, where you want to go, what your friends think of you, and other normal things that young people desire. However, it won't hurt to stop for awhile and think about the future.

If you want to be fulfilled and happy before you turn 30 years old, avoid these future regrets

  1. Not brushing your teeth. Don't you ever sleep without brushing your teeth and flossing your gums. It's understandable that you are exhausted from all the night parties that you've been attending. But don't neglect your dental health. Your future self will thank you for that pearly white smile that you've taken care of. Not to mention, you won't have to deal with a toothache and expensive dental fees if your teeth are healthy.
  2. Lack of meaningful friendships. It's difficult to tell who is your true friend when you are in your early 20s especially in the workplace. Give everyone a chance to be your friend. Collect acquaintances and then select a few that you can trust and open up to. Most real friendships won't happen overnight. You will have to build it and invest your time and energy nourishing the relationship. The 30-year old version of you will happily look back and say it's worth it.
  3. Not hopping from one job to another. Don't stay in a job that you hate. Life is too short to spend it being miserable in a company that doesn't appreciate you or in a job where there's no room for growth and learning. If a job doesn't excite you and doesn't help you develop as a person, that's a clear sign that you should leave. Set career goals and be able to spot new opportunities. When you turn 30, you will be glad that you didn't waste your time in an unfulfilling job.
  4. Not investing in the stock market. In your 20s, it's perfectly normal to yearn for fancy things such as luxury bags, a nice car, designer shoes, etc. But make sure that you are wise with your money. Invest at least 10% of your income in paper assets and shares of stocks. The magic of compound interest will do you a big favor as you get older.
  5. Not traveling alone. It doesn't have to be in another country or continent. Try to travel on your own in a nearby city that you haven't visited yet. Go on a solo trip to the nearest state from where you live. Talk to locals and take some nice photos. You will learn a lot by immersing yourself in a different culture. Add the fact that this is a great way to build a life for yourself.

Dear Future Self

If you're in your 30s, what would you say to your 20-year old self?

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    • profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago


      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. That was full of wisdom! You seem to have a well-lived life.

    • dashingscorpio profile image


      10 months ago

      Some good advice.

      However compound interest hasn't been what it use to be for years. Saving money nonetheless is very important even if it's in a passbook savings account. Being in the positon to take advantage of when there's a "bust" such as when General Motors was trading at $2.50 a share or when the real estate market crashed.

      Most people are afraid to invest or spend when prices are dropping. They want to get in when prices are going up. The trick has always been to "buy low and sell high".

      I would also add having appropriate (insurance) to protect you along with any worthwhile possessions as in health, home, auto, and if married life insurance for yourself and your spouse.

      When I was in my 20s I always {turned down} health insurance, dental, and 401k options. I said to myself:

      "I don't want them taking (more money) out of my check!"

      Whenever I could I would purchase only "liability insurance" for a car. Looking back that was insane. One car wreck could have totaled my car and put me in the hospital. I can't imagine what that would have been like without adequate insurance!

      Take more risks! During your 20s pursue your dreams full tilt.

      Whether people admit it or not most dreams do have a expiration date! You don't want to be the 40 year old guy in a garage band still hoping for a big break to sign with a record company. Going after (your) dreams is also usually easier when you're still {single} and are not saddled down with a ton of responsibilities, spouse, children, mortgage..etc. You could perform/tour on cruise ships or other countries. The 20s are about exploring and self-discovery!

      Don't be afraid to relocate. Just because yo're born in a certain town or state doesn't mean you have spend your whole life there!

      When I left college in Indiana I moved to Southern California 2000 miles away from family and friends. I didn't have a job waiting for me or any connections. My mother thought I was on drugs! LOL!

      However having 75-80 degree days in February was a real high.

      Palm trees and ocean breezes had been calling my name since I was a child. I didn't just want to "visit" paradise. I wanted to live there.

      My last piece of advice is good for any age. Do not marry, live with, or emotionally invest in the wrong mate! Giving your heart to the (wrong) person can sabotage your life in so many ways including financial.

      You'll never be able to make money faster than your mate can spend it. Compatibility trumps compromise.

      Like attract like and opposites attract divorce attorneys!

      There is no "work" or "communication" that can overcome being with someone who simply does not want what you want.

      Life is too short to be trying to change water into wine.

      There are only two ways to experience joy and peace of mind in relationships. We either get what we want or we learn to be happy with what we have. Accept them (as is) or move on.

      The choice is up to us. Choose wisely!


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