We only get one shot at this thing, folks.
I’m talking about life. And even though it’s all about learning lessons along the way and growing, all of us have some kind of regrets about things we did or didn’t do when we were younger.
But you can’t let it get you down too much, I guess…
What are some lessons you think you learned too late in life?
Here’s how people responded on AskReddit.
1. Good point.
“To become more comfortable being uncomfortable.
Go toward your fears, don’t run from them, within reason.”
2. You gotta do it!
“Look after your knees and your teeth.”
“Sometimes you can do everything right and still fail.
And that is not a weakness; that is life.”
4. Keep it separate.
“Don’t bring things home from work.
I had a bad day at work. Came home and got in an argument with my gf about something…and stopped halfway.
Yes, she really had done something, but the only reason I got so angry about it was because…I had already been angry, from work. Otherwise i might have just let it go.
From then on I learned to separate work from home. I was 28. I felt like this was a lesson I should have learned earlier.”
5. Confront it.
“If you made mistakes, always confront them and the consequences right away.
Waiting doesn’t make it better, it makes it worse.”
6. I like this.
“Happiness is enjoying the things you have, not the things to come.”
7. No one is paying attention.
“People aren’t thinking about you even a fraction of the amount you think they’re thinking about you.
You’re noise in a lifetime of experiences and a busy mind. This is a good thing.
It means you can just get what you need from people and not over think it, safe in the knowledge that they’ll forget you almost immediately.”
8. Use it wisely.
“That the most valuable commodity is time.
Time to play with your kids, time to take that trip you always wanted, time to spend with the people you love.
It’s the only resource we can’t get more of yet we throw it away with excuses and never do anything to change it.
Write that book, go back to school, tell that girl you love her beacuse if you don’t all you’ll have is regrets.”
9. Take care of Number One.
“Be patient and wait. It’s better to be alone than with someone that doesn’t respect you.
No matter how much or good your are to someone, some of them will screw you over.
Always look after yourself first.
Start early with physical hobby and keep fit, you have one body and there is no replay.
If you love someone but they don’t love you.. move on. It will hurt like hell but in the long run, you’ll be happier.
Giving money doesn’t equate to affection, the gratitude will be short lived and you’ll only be an ATM to them in the near future.”
10. Not worth the time.
“Not everyone and every situation is worth your time or energy.
As someone that’s a bit of a “fixer” I often end up wasting my time trying to help people that didn’t deserve it or solve problems that nobody really cares about. It’s hard to know when to just walk away.
The other thing is protect your time it’s more valuable than your money. You can always go make more money you cannot go make more time. Time once lost cannot be regained.”
11. You can get help.
“That there IS hope for you to fix your mental health problems.
I left things for 10 years not knowing there was decent help to be had.
Although to be fair, things have progressed a lot since then”
12. Avoid them.
“Just because you’re blood related to someone, doesn’t mean that you owe them anything.
Toxic people are toxic people and you are not required to give them a single ounce of your attention if they are hurting you.”
“Never put your education/ job / plans on hold for a boyfriend / girlfriend especially while in college.
Especially when you’re 19…”
What are the lessons you think you learned too late in life?
Talk to us in the comments.
Thanks a lot!