9 Things You’ll Regret in 10 Years

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Week after week passes by in constant fuss, and behind all of this we often miss the most important things. Yet it can take years to understand this. Years we could spend quite differently, with greater benefits.

Engaged in a destructive relationship

Many people are engaged in a destructive relationship because they’re afraid of being alone. Yet dozens of years later it becomes clear that it’s better to be alone than to live with a person who brings a lot of disappointment, pain, and offenses.

Spent little time with loved ones

In the cycle of work and home duties, many of us pay very little attention to our loved ones. Unfortunately, we often understand this at a tragic time: children grow up and start an independent life, warm relationships with spouses disappear, something tragic happens to parents.

Wasted a lot of time

Watching TV shows, chatting in social networks, games on the phone — all of it takes an impressive amount of time. Yet you could spend it on much more useful things and thereby significantly improve the quality of your life.

Led an unhealthy lifestyle

We ruin our health when we give in to temptations every day and have bad habits. And even if our health seems to be ok now, after a while we’ll most likely feel the consequences of such a frivolous attitude toward it.

Spent little time traveling

Few of us don’t dream about traveling. Yet the desire to travel with comfort or our responsibilities stop people from this quite often. Yet comfort is not the most necessary thing, and you’ll always have urgent things to do, so...

Worked too much

Most often people do so if they have no other values. Work is important, but don’t forget to relax from time to time.

Stopped learning new things

Many people believe that one degree is enough. True, it’s good if you have one. Yet constant development brings not only more opportunities for professional growth but also an increase in self-confidence, making you an interesting person to others.

Having a job they hate

We often continue to work in a place we hate only because of our own indecisiveness and unwillingness to leave our comfort zone. Yet if we don’t risk and change something in our lives, we can simply fade away in a job we’re not interested in.

Dreamed too much but took little action

If you don’t take any steps to make your desires come true, everything will remain just a fantasy. If you wait for the perfect conditions for all your life, you may never have a chance.

Please note: This article was updated in November 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
Illustrator Mariya Zavolokina for Bright Side


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It feels like the "Wasted a lot of time" and "Worked too much" entries sort of contradict each other. But yeah, I don't like that double standard. That you need to work hard in order to enjoy the free time you're simultaneously not supposed to have.


That’s a false dichotomy. You can spend your free time reading, playing sports and doing puzzles. These are all great for your body and mind. They can help you get the rest you need and be more productive at work.


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