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7 things I regret not doing in my 20s

Munira Rangwala
15th Mar 2017
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A lot of people believe that there is no such thing as regret – only lessons learnt. However, some lessons are bound to pinch more than others. You are only young once, and once that age passes, you might not be able to do the things you had once wanted for yourself. There is a common belief that your list of regrets grows exponentially in your thirties, when compared to your twenties, as it feels like life is moving faster with each passing year. We've compiled a list of the seven things you are most likely to regret not doing in your twenties. Sit up and take notice.

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Image : shutterstock

Not concentrating on fitness

Your metabolism in your twenties will trick you into believing that you don't need exercise and that you don't need to eat healthy. Starting sooner rather than later is easier as your mind and body need to get accustomed to the fact that fitness is a priority.

Not opening a retirement fund

Any finance expert you speak to will advise you to start putting money in a retirement fund as early as possible. The more money you put in when you're younger, the faster it multiplies.

Playing too safe

You should be open to taking calculated risks in your twenties and not allow the fear of failure to hold you back. Heading down a proven path will only lead to proven results and nothing more.

Cultivating relationships that are doomed to fail

Don't measure your friends in quantity. Having fewer friends who will be by your side always is better than having many who will desert you in your hour of need. Cultivating life-long relationships should be your goal in your twenties.

Not getting a taste of independence

You usually have fewer obligations in terms of marriage and kids in your twenties as compared to when you're older. Use this period to travel and live overseas for a while. This will not only push you out of your comfort zone, it will also create memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

Not connecting with family

You don't have to stay under the same roof to build a stronger bond with your parents and siblings. Dedicate some time to making memories with those closest to you as life is unpredictable and later might never come.

Not investing in yourself

From taking workshops that will help you in your professional life to taking classes to pursue your favorite hobby, it is imperative to engage in activities that interest you as it will help you understand yourself better, and the skills you acquire will come in handy in the long run.

Contrary to what people believe, regrets don't hold you back. They help you understand and set your priorities in life straight. It is a good thing to learn from our personal journeys and those of others to make life more fulfilling.

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