They say that wisdom and experience comes with age and this was the main idea why a team of people asked a group of people that are older than 50 years about things they’ve missed to do when they were young. They were surprised by the clever and simple answers they got.
In case you are in your early thirties, these answers will surely give you some ideas about the things you should do now.
Things You Shouldn’t Miss When You’re 30
1. Don’t start smoking. If you are already smoking make an effort to leave the cigarettes.
According to Cyndi Perlman Fink a Quora user, smoking made her look awful. Her skin looks older, she lost tons of money and she is having certain health problems that she believes are related to smoking. If you want to reduce the chance of developing cancer, stop smoking while you are still young.
2. Work on the relationships with your siblings and parents.
Many people get married when they turn 30 and this is the period when they slowly start to cool the relationship with their family members. This is not something that you want to do, at least if you listen to Robert Walker 50+ year Quora user. You don’t have to agree with all of the things your siblings and parents do or say, but they are family.
3. Avoid junk food.
There is one thing that money can’t buy and that’s good health. We are all focused on making money when we are young and that’s good, but this doesn’t mean that we should forget about our health. Try to remove the junk food from your menu when you turn 30.
4. It is not too late to start exercising.
You don’t have to be a teenager in order to be physically active. Your body is still fit and if you don’t exercise now you may end up being a slow and fragile person although you are only 50 years old. This is an excellent way to avoid obesity. This is another advice from Cyndi Perlman who claims that she was both fat and thin and she can confirm that being thin is a much better option!
5. Don’t forget to use sunscreen when you are outside.
One of the first things that you will notice in older people is their skin. Mrs. Perlman says that she has never used sunblock because she thought it was just a waste of time. Now she regrets that because she has many wrinkles on her face and body. In addition, her skin is very gentle and prone to peeling.
6. This is the perfect time to start saving.
Saving money sounds like something an old man would do, but it can actually be very fun. Cliff Gilley (Quora user) says that even if you don’t have a big salary you can still save at least some small amount of money. This is a practice that develops a financial discipline. You can use this money later.
7. Don’t leave things for the next year.
Quora user Bill Karwin says that he made many mistakes when he turned 30. This is the period when people set many big goals – buying a house, having kids, getting a better education, changing career etc. But, most people leave these goals for the “next year” and that year never comes. The time is running fast, so instead of delaying things take some action now.
8. Be satisfied with the things you have.
There are many ambitious people who want more and that’s perfectly fine. What you need to do is to learn how to be satisfied with what you have. In other words, you should not feel miserable if you have not accomplished something yet. There is still time to do that and you have already made some great things.
9. Dental health is important too.
Caroline Zelonka (Quora user) has an interesting advice. She says that young people should visit the dentist’s office more frequently. Even the tiny cavities can lead to many problems later in our lives. Teeth cannot heal themselves and they need to be fixed. It probably won’t cost much to take care of your teeth while you are still young. You can avoid all the pain and frequent visits of the dentist’s office when you become older.
10. You need quality sleep.
Try to develop a good sleep routine. Keep your bedroom tidy and use shades in order to avoid sunlight in the morning. Don’t use electronics before you go to sleep. Your body will be thankful.
11. Help others.
Nan Waldman (Quora user) believes that people cannot be truly happy if they don’t help other people and share their happiness. You don’t have to support people financially in order to make them happy. Sometimes even a good conversation is enough. Don’t expect to get something back.
12. Don’t focus on material things.
Once you get old you will notice that all people have are memories. You won’t be able to impress your nephews with the stories about your new car that will probably look funny then. You can impress them with the experiences you had.
13. Don’t forget to read books.
According to Vanitha Muthukumar, you should read at least 10 books a year in order to keep your brain vital. Of course, playing video games and watching TV have their role too, but you should definitely not forget to read books.
14. Don’t be afraid to explore.
Do you spend most of your day at home doing the same things over and over again? Leave your home and do something that you have never done before. This is what matters, according to Mary Leek. This doesn’t have to be something spectacular. You can simply take your camera and take photos of your neighborhood, take a walk in the park that’s few blocks away etc. If you have the chance, do this together with someone else. As previously mentioned – memories matter.
15. Learn how to relax.
It doesn’t take much time to relieve stress. The benefits of this activity are numerous. Find a period of the day where you are usually inactive and spend 15 minutes meditating. You will feel refreshed. Rens De Nobel, a Quora user is glad that more and more people are learning about the benefits of meditation.
Every traveling experience will change the way you look at things. You will realize that there are many different worlds and that you can always adjust your own world. According to Quora user Jeff Goins, traveling is all about adventure that will help you overcome all the fears you have.
17. Write and keep a journal.
Even if your memory is very good, there is a chance that you will forget some of your memories. That’s why it is a good idea to write and keep a journal. This is a good way to recall some important things in your life and how you felt back then. Of course, you can now use the computer to do that.
18. Find yourself.
If you still haven’t found yourself, this is the perfect time to do that. You are not too old to start anything you want. Remember that once you turn 50, your body won’t feel the same and even if you have the desire to do something that you have never done before, the experience won’t be the same.
19. Buy a home.
Even if you have to take a loan, do it! Once you turn 50 you will probably have a home that’s completely yours.
20. Don’t forget your true friends.
According to Nan Waldman, you need to select a few friends that make you feel good when you are hanging out with them. Take some time to laugh with them, be silly and discuss serious matters. Keep in touch with them and ask them how they are doing at least once a week.
Via Business Insider