Looking at the Rear View Mirror of My Life

I am above 40 now and have to admit that I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. But I’m not a believer in regrets. I believe that each mistake has taught me and brought me fully prepared to this stage of my life, which I must say, is pretty great.

Although everything turned out well for me but there were definitely some things that I’d love to have the ability to tell my younger self. It is a fact that I wouldn’t have gotten the satisfaction of getting out of tight situations if I hadn’t gotten into them in the first place but things could have easily taken an ugly turn as well. So, here I am, sharing some of these experience with you, not because of my regrets but in the hope that at least some of you might benefit and learn from it.

Staying Active

I was into soccer, track, volleyball and swimming throughout my school life. But once I started university, a number of these physical activities started struggling to fit into my schedule. Volleyball and track were the first ones to fade away, leaving soccer and the occasional swimming. The soccer trend also didn’t last long. By the end of college life, the only physical activity that remained was the rare visits to the gym. Once I got busy with making a career for myself, I lost all traces of physical activity that might have been left. Clubbing that with my eating habits, I started gaining weight. Although I’ve reversed that situation now and am back to being active, it sure took me quite a while to lose all that fat from my inactive years. If I could go back, I would push myself to at least take on a brisk walk each day, even if there was no time or energy to hit the gym. In fact, according to the CDC, walking can actually help lower the risk of stroke, heart disease, depression, type 2 diabetes and even some types of cancer.

Planning Finances and Reckless Spending

I was a reckless spender back in the day and never bothered about financial planning. On some level, I did know that I had to plan my expenses but then I guess I was too lazy to do that. With not many responsibilities on my shoulders, I didn’t feel the need to save for the future. All I wanted to do was live fully in the present. So, I bought the latest gadgets, the best clothes and accessories money could buy and was pretty happy with my possessions. This also means that I bought myself an expensive sports car because I thought it would help me with the girls. Twenty-odd years on, when I am closer to hitting the big Five-O, I realize that I have a lot of junk that doesn’t make me as happy as it once did. I would have loved it if 15 years ago, I had realized that it is financial security and the peace of mind that knowing you can pay for all your needs, especially medical, would give long lasting satisfaction. If that had happened, I probably would have had more room in my house!

Better Health Care

At a younger age, I didn’t give a second thought to health and loved feasting off all kinds of edible junk. And I believed in working hard and partying harder. All that partying definitely took its toll. The only problem was that I realized it once the dye was cast. Too confident of myself, I avoided regular health checkups as well. My doctor at Revitalizing Smiles also said that even my oral health suffered as an after effect of a negligent lifestyle. So, I was left with the option of repairing one part of my body at a time. I won’t say that I would have changed the way I lived at that point in time but I also would have told my younger self to take it a little easier so that I wouldn’t have to deal with so much in my forties. A health checkup at least once a year and an oral checkup every six months would have saved me a lot of trouble and money.

Considering the place I am at right now and the things I’ve learned, I would say that I have lived life to the fullest, although I do wish my younger self had considered the future at least some of the times.