Ahhh, to be young and dumb again

Well, I’m not so young anymore, but the dumb part…that’s up for debate.

But enough about me: today we’re going to hear from AskReddit users about what they think people should do in their twenties to avoid regrets later in life.

Let’s take a look!

1. You bet!


I started running when I was 35 and it was life changing.

If I started in my 20s it would have been even better.”

2. Get out there and travel.

“I wish I’d actually taken some time off for myself.

All I did was work through my 20’s. Never took more than a week here or a week there. Always with family.

Now I’m in my 40’s. I’m not making as much money as I did in my 20’s but I’m too burned out to bother from over-work and over-stress.

Take the d**n trip. Even if it sucks, do it anyway so you can at least say that you took the time to try to enjoy yourself instead of ruined your health for someone else to get rich.

All I wanted to do was take the train west and see the ocean. I almost did, but then my MIL got sick so I had to cancel. That was 14 years ago. I never tried again.

Don’t be me. Take the trip.”

3. Just do it!

“Wear sunscreen.

I cant believe how many people are willing to spend thousands of dollars on anti-aging creams and serums and whatnots but they don’t wear sunscreen….”

4. Be social.

“Say yes to going to dinners, parties, birthdays, etc. even if you have work the next day or don’t feel like it.

Most people lose 90% of their friends in their 20’s.”

5. Start now.

“My biggest regret at 33 is not starting my retirement when I was 18.

Luckily my wife did right out of college herself but it’s just crazy to compare our retirement accounts.

That compound interest is no joke.”

6. You might as well.

“Follow your dreams. They don’t go away, you won’t grow out of them.

You’ll be better for it and have more confidence in yourself knowing that whatever happens you tried and gave it your all.”

7. A huge one!

“Invest in yourself. Eliminate toxic “friends”, relatives and relationships. It is better to be single than be tort**ed.

Buy the best shoes and the best mattress you can afford. Don’t measure your success by the size of your bank account. Learn to happy and positive. Enjoy the good times – learn from the bad times.”

8. Enjoy it.

“Go out with your friends. Go on trips. Eat fast food. Be a little stupid. B

ecause a lot of the time you spend with friends in your 40s will be “hey, remember that time we went to… and then she… and you… wow.” Or thinking “man, I wish I had gone on that trip with you guys.””

9. End it.

“If you’re in a relationship that is making you feel bad more often than good – end it sooner rather than later.

Trust me.”

10. You’ll thank yourself.

“Learn how to cook.

You don’t have to be a master chef, but have at least 5 easy go-to recipes.”

11. Risk it.

“Believe in yourself, continue to learn and progress in your studies or profession.

Your 20s is a good time to take some risk career wise so throw yourself in at the deep end. Don’t let drinking at home become a habit. Don’t get into online gambling. Don’t lease or finance an expensive car if you don’t have enough money – you’ll be bored of it in 6 months.

Work out. Don’t invest everything into your beliefs because a lot of them will change. Take care of your body and your skin. Travel if you can. Don’t waste loads of money on Starbucks coffee. If they’re still around, spend as much time with your parents as possible.”

12. Fitness first.

“Stay fit. If you’re not fit, get fit.

If there are things that are life giving for you, don’t accidentally stop doing them just because you get married/have kids/work a lot/etc.

I missed 18 ski seasons because I got distracted by all that and I wish I could have them back. Making up for it now.”

What do you think about this?

Talk to us in the comments and let us know.

Thanks a lot!