Think of how many times we have stayed in relationships even though we knew they were making us unhappy. Rather, the reason that we stayed was because we were too infatuated, afraid of being single, or scared that we wouldn’t find someone else. Staying in an unhealthy relationship ultimately wastes our time, and causes us to miss out on many experiences.
-Traveling when you had the chance
As a young kid, almost everyone has a vision of traveling to different countries and experiencing all of the cultures that the world has to offer. However, once we begin to mature and develop, we realize how expensive traveling really is. Not only the expense, but taking time off of work, and “being too busy” stop us from experiencing all that life has to offer.
-Making physical fitness a priority
The saying, “I’ll start tomorrow” has become the excuse for many people. Not having enough time or not having the motivation makes us put off going to the gym. However, being fit and staying active during our lives is something that ultimately makes us not only feel better about ourselves, but live longer, more fulfilling lives.
-Not trying harder in school
Going through school, we often forget how essential getting a good education is. Doing well in high school allows us to get into a good college, which gives us the opportunity of getting a good job and making a good living to provide for ourselves and our family. Procrastinating and putting in only a small effort in school can not only affect your grades, but affect the outcome of what you will do with your life.
-Being afraid to say “I love you”
These three words can often times be difficult for us to express to someone. It opens us up to the possibility of one of the worst pain one can ever have: heart break. Once we say those words, it is almost as if we make a commitment to that person, a commitment which the other person might break. However, living life without expressing the way we feel doesn’t protect us, but shuts us off from true happiness.
-Not listening to your parents’ advice
Growing up, we have a tendency to think that we are always right. No matter what our parents say, we tend to think that we know better. The older we get, the more we realize that our parents really know what they’re talking about because they have been through the same type of trials that we have.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal to throw at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. Holding grudges ends up harming us more than it harms the person we are mad at. Although it can be hard at times, moving on is a part of life that is necessary to help us maintain a happy lifestyle.
-Worrying too much
Worrying is a habit that all of us have. It comes naturally to everybody and can consume the way that we look at life if we let it. It is important to try not to worry about the things that we cannot change. Focusing on the positive aspects of life versus worrying about things out of our control can help make the way we view the world in a more vibrant, positive way.
-Not appreciating little moments
As day after day goes by, it seems as if nothing is changing, but when we look back, everything is different. No matter what circumstance you may be in, it is important to cherish the small moments, for when you get older and look back, you will realize that those are the moments that really matter.
-Missing the chance to ask your grandparents questions before they die.
We can learn many valuable lessons from our grandparents. Even though they may be older, they can share stories that will give us lessons and morals for a lifetime. Listening and cherishing our grandparents can help us not only learn from them, but also to appreciate all of the life lessons that they have to offer.
– Megan Mullvaney