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Bill Bergeman


10 Things Most Young People Do That They Will Regret When They Are Older

When we're young, most of us think we'll live forever, have boundless energy, work all day with little sleep, and believe we can and will do whatever we set our minds to.

While all of those perspectives are admirable, there are some things young people do that I guarantee they will regret when they are older.

    1. Putting their entire lives on social media.

    Kids, it ain't going anywhere. Ever. And everyone can see it.

    2. Getting exotic tattoos and/or an inordinate number of tattoos.

    Is it just me, or does literally everyone under 30 now have at least one tattoo? They were risqué when I was growing up and how they are as normal as earrings.

    But, that "super cool" dolphin tattoo up and down your arm is not going to be so cool when you're old and wrinkly.

    3. Taking out student debt.

    This one speaks for itself.

    4. Getting breast implants.

    I once knew a 65-year old woman who had breast implants when she was younger. We're talking loony-tunes size boobs. Do you think they looked right on her?

    5. Developing lousy eating habits.

    Perhaps the worst thing you can do to your health is to get a sweet tooth, or addicted to carbs, because that's an addiction that's hard as hell to break and will definitely catch up with you.

    6. Picking a dead-end career.

    There's no worse feeling than working a shitty job for 30 years and then waking up one morning and realizing you're still living paycheck-to-paycheck and you feel like your life has no meaning.

    7. Chasing status.

    Like carb addiction, one can get easily addicted to the fancy car, expensive clothes, and bigger home than is needed. Unless you're making commensurate money to cover it all, it's going to catch up to you in the form of debt that you will struggle to pay off.

    8. Thinking the path to happiness is climbing the corporate ladder.

    This is simple math. If you work at a corporation that employees 10,000 people, and there are 8 people on the C-level and 20 VPs, what are the odds you're ever going to get anywhere beyond middle management? How many hours of abuse, ass kissing, and archaic HR rules will you want to endure just to likely end up working 70 hours a week for $70k a year and a 3% annual raise?

    9. Getting married too young.

    There's nothing wrong with getting married young per se, but people tend to change far too much in their teens and 20's (and often their 30's) to warrant committing to one person for the 50+ years they'll have left in this life. It sometimes works, but once interests and values start to change, relationship dynamics do as well.

    10. Not taking care of physical health.

    Just a little bit of strength training and cardio when you're young will go a long way towards living a long and healthy life. Simple things like avoiding smoking and drinking in moderation (or not at all) will also pay dividends. It's not that hard when you're young, but if you're 40+ and you're overweight, diabetic, and you never developed an exercise regimen, it's going to be a hell of a climb to get back to anything resembling a healthy human being.

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