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What I wish I had done more of when I was young

  • January 31, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
  • 10 Comments

 Birthday Card

A friend of mine gave me this gorgeous birthday card recently which really tickled my fancy and got me thinking what other things I wish that I had done more of when I was young.  They say that we should live a life with few regrets which made me remember this funny quote I saw on Facebook.

Life’s journey is not to arrive safely at the grave with a perfectly preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “Holy Shit ……. What a ride!”

So with that in mind I contemplated what I wished I’d done more of when I was young:

  1.   Got more of an education.  Unfortunately this was never encouraged by my parents when I was young.
  2.   Spent more time travelling.  I had the opportunity to travel to Europe with my friends when I was in my late teens by opted out.
  3.   Was more adventurous.   I wish I had got out of my comfort zone and was more willing to try exciting things.
  4.   Skinny dipped more!  There is nothing more exhilarating.skinny dipping
  5.   Appreciated my body more.  I always considered myself overweight at 50 Kg!
  6.   Been more health aware and not smoked or drank so much.
  7.   Been more assertive and learnt to say no.  I am the all enduring people  pleaser!
  8.   Learnt to relax more and taken the time out to ‘smell the roses’.
  9.   Saved more money.  I am a terribly spendthrift person!
  10. Let go a lot more, instead of worrying about what people thought of me.

 

So there you have it!  Remember that : “Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”.

What are the things that you wished you’d done more of when you were young?  I would love to hear.

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By 50 Shades, January 31, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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10 Comments
  • Rae Hilhorst
    January 31, 2014

    I am with you on most of yours, not the skinny dipping though as I am a prude. Education, education, education. Am currently finishing an application for a Grad Cert at ECU, on line study. I wish I had thought about taking the 16 years I spent at home bringing up the girls on educating myself. like you my parents didn’t support education and I left school for work at 14. xxx Rae

  • Sharon Greenthal
    January 31, 2014

    We are all filled with “should-ofs,” but think of it this way – will you feel the same about being 50-something when your in your 70’s? Personally I wish I had traveled more, too!

  • kathymarris
    January 31, 2014

    Good for you Rae that you are getting an education now. I really regret not taking the opportunities I’ve had to complete a degree. I admire you for taking the plunge!

  • kathymarris
    January 31, 2014

    Mmm that is a very good question Sharon. I’ll probably wish I’d done a lot more physical stuff when I’m in my 70’s when my body isn’t quiet as lithesome. Yes the travel one is a very common regret. I’m getting my fair share now!

  • Jo Castro
    January 31, 2014

    I agree with nearly all of them Kathy, especially the education bit. I spend so so much time these days with my head in blogging stuff and wonder why I didn’t find a similar passion when I was younger. My Dad also didn’t think it was worth educating girls, so I wasn’t pushed to Uni. I’ve travelled lots though, but the travel bug is a hard one to get a handle on because it doesn’t go away!

  • kathymarris
    February 1, 2014

    Education, and lack of it, seems to be a recurring theme with women our age. It just goes to show that parents encouragement goes a long way when you are a child. Although I didn’t travel much when I was young I am making up for it now (whilst I’m still able!)

  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    February 2, 2014

    Although I wish I’d travelled more when I was young, footloose and fancy free, the reality was that I was suffering PTSD after leaving home. I was raised by a single parent with severe mental health issues. So I put all my energy, time and money into “nesting” and creating a home of my own, to make up for what I’d missed out on. Looking forward to catching up on all that travelling now our kids are grown though!!!

  • Kathy
    February 3, 2014

    Good for you Janet. I hope you get to fulfill that dream. It does broaden your mind to travel and see how the other half live.

  • Kesenya
    February 4, 2014

    Oooooh, I just LOVE this post ! I have been reading Bronnie Wares “Top Five Regrets of the Dying” and your wishes reflect what she writes of. It is a rallying call to everyone to live more fully in the present moment. Thankyou for being honest and real enough to share ….I am reminded and inspired to make life wonderful – its never too late !

    • Kathy
      February 4, 2014

      Thank you Kesenya. I think a life of too many regrets is a life I don’t wish to live. The bucket list starts now!

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