Most people over the age of 50 tend to regret the things they haven’t done in younger years. In most cases, most of those things are quite simple. Here are 20 things to do in your 30s in order to make your life better at 50.
1. Don’t smoke. If you do, stop immediately
“If you could see me now, I’m down on my poor, crackling knees begging you to at least consider stopping smoking,” saysa Quora user Cyndi Perlman Fink. It costs a little fortune, smells terribly, and is 100 percent guaranteed to cause a wide range of health problems. If you want to be cancer-free at 50, stop smoking right away!
2. Stop eating crap
You are capable of making a lot of money in 20s, 30s, or 40s to buy whatever you want when you reach an advanced stage of your life. However, health is the only thing you cannot buy! Give up on fast food right now at age 30.”
3. Maintain (or repair) relationships with parents and siblings
“…Chances are you’ve come across ideas and changed in ways that mean you don’t see eye to eye with them on many issues. But then – that’s part of what a family can help with – to learn to get along with people you don’t agree with on many issues,” says Quora user Robert Walker.
4. Stop going out in the sun without sunblock
Going out in the sun without sunblock is one of the worst things you can do. Namely, this habit causes wrinkles and skin damage, bruises from touching the area, and having the skin peel off.
5. Exercise on a regular basis
It is very important to exercise and maintain an active lifestyle when you are younger. “Don’t gain weight. Exercise. Keep your weight at a normal level that’s good for your body,” explains Cyndi Perlman Fink. “Weight does all kinds of bad things for you body. I’ve been fat, I’ve been thin, thin is healthier.”
6. Start saving money
While saving money is a boring suggestion, it is worth the effort. “In your 30s, the average person has a lot of disposable income, some of which can almost always easily be set aside for use later in life. Plus, building the habit of saving early means you’ll continue it further down the line,” writes Quora user Cliff Gilley.
7. Learn to be content with life
Leaning to be content with your life and with what you have is the key to happiness. Being content with what you have probably won`t make you a millionaire, but you will be much happier. “And if you do become a wealthy person – is no reason why not, you’ll be happier, more fulfilled and more productive wealthy person.”
8. Don’t delay your plans
Don’t delay your plans and make the first step towards fulfilling them, whether it is writing a book, having kids, buying a house, changing your career, or starting a business. But it’s really true that time starts accelerating as you enter your 30’s, and it keeps accelerating. The time that you’ll get around to those dreams should be now.”
9. Get some sleep
Go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time. Forget about bright screens before going to bed!
10. Take care of your teeth
Dental problems tend to get worse with time, so make sure you take care of your teeth in your younger years. “If you have a good savings and income stream, the bills won’t be the painful thing — but there’s no getting around the pain and the time suck.”
11. Collect memories
Memories are more important than things, so instead of gathering possessions, work on collecting memories.
12. Give something back
Learn to give things with your full heart, without expecting anything in return.
13. Be curious and adventurous
Take the risk, take lots of pictures, be curious, and seek adventures! Make memories and you can be sure that you will be smiling about them when you are old and creaky.
14. Read at least ten books annually
The brain creates new pathways by exercising it with reading that matters, so read at least ten books a year to keep it healthy and growing.
Nothing can change your life as traveling. It is all about experiencing an adventure that you will remember forever.
Meditation provides a wide range of health benefits, it is life-changing, and it takes only a few minutes of your time.
17. Stop comparing yourself to others
Comparing yourself to other people only brings disappointment. Stop doing this and start your path of self-discovery to become stronger at your 50s.
18. Keep a journal
Keeping a journal helps you remember your precious moments and make it easier for you to recall them. Your kids and grandkids will love you for this someday.
19. Become a house owner
“Buy a house, it’ll be nearly paid for by the time you’re 50,” writes Quora user Liz Read.
20. Take care of your friends
Nourish your friendships and contribute to their survival. Pick friends who make you happy and nurture them.