Regretful People Reveal Their 'Holy Crap, Why Didn't I Start This Sooner?' Moments.

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They say timing is everything, so these people apparently missed out on everything.

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1. Getting in shape

Getting in shape. It's obviously great for you physically, but you don't really realize how great it is for you mentally until you've done it. Biggest confidence boost in the world.

WakaFlakkaSeagulls & CrimsonPig

2. Being friendly

Being very friendly to everyone. You have to be extra careful with people that try to take advantage of it, but man, the doors it opens for you. It's amazing.

Being a lovely person really pays off.

hank_moo_d

3. Prepping the night before

Prepping my day the night before. I pick out my outfit, make sure my lunch is packed, have my breakfast easily readily, and make sure I take the things I need for the day (letters to be delivered, shopping list, etc.) I am not a morning person so I make sure I can do my mornings with as little effort as possible.

Alternatively, getting up 2 hours before you actually have to. It's really nice having enough free time in the morning to play some video games, watch a few episodes of your favorite show, or go somewhere for breakfast.

It makes going to bed easier too, because you know that you'll have some time to goof off after you get up.

The only hard part is that it requires the discipline to go to bed at a reasonable hour and then wake up early.

Cloirr & TedTheViking

4. Going to therapy

Talking to a professional about my mental health problems.

withoutwithin

5. Ending toxic friendships

Ending unfulfilling friendships.

Itookyourqueen

6. Pancakes with chocolate chips

A lot of these are really inspirational and deep, but honestly I hate that I waited so long to start putting chocolate chips on my pancakes.

I_4m_4w3s0m3

7. Meditation

Meditating every day. In the beginning it's like why the f I'm doing this I look like a spiritual wannabe, this is pointless, this is stupid... My mind is racing and seems I can't get through the thought storm they just pop up of nowhere and very fast and there's such a mess... After five minutes (Continued)


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after 5 minutes, thoughts lose intesity. After ten minutes I'm calm. After fifteen minutes I'm like "This is working, wow!". After 20 minutes I forgot why I was thinking so much in the first place and forgot about the I. After some months of everyday practice, I notice how thoughts are tools that can make a better and happier me. And I started to recognize the patterns. I call them "thought traps". So I meditate every day to remind myself that thoughts are not me.

downregulated

8. Being on the right anti-depressant

Being on an Anti-Depressant that works. it was like HOLY CRAP, this is what normal people feel like?!

Lost_in_costco

9. Switching to men's razors

As a lady, switching to men's razors.

I am never, ever, going back.

EmiliusReturns

10. Using wet wipes

Using wet wipes on my bumhole.

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11. Doing things immediately

Not procrastinating.

My life changed for the better in so many ways when I made the decision to stop putting things off and grab the bull by the horns.

Vollenweider

12. Flossing.

The dentist always asked me how often I flossed, and I would lie. Then my gums would bleed from him vigorously flossing them for me. I soon learned (Continued)


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I soon learned how to properly floss, and how to remove any gunk in my teeth. To this day, my teeth ALWAYS look perfect!

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13. Saving money.

If you just have a separate account where you can dump a little bit of money out of each paycheck, it's pretty easy to save.

lincunguns

14. Squats.

Just 30-50 squats a day and my bum is so much higher and firmer after only a month! It's kind of crazy. And now I feel stronger and my knees don't click as much. Who knew?

elligirl

15. Cooking nachos the right way

Cooking nacho in the oven with a broiler instead of the microwave. A true game changer.

I-come-from-Chino

16. Quitting smoking

I quit smoking cigarettes 2 years ago and I've honestly never felt better about myself.

No more feeling like death in the morning. No more standing in the cold or rain to have a smoke. Plus this has been said before but I have so much extra money to spend on beer now.

kdav

17. Writing in pen instead of pencil.

Mrs. Jenowith doesn't like it, but whatever. I hated sharpening pencils. So much free time to play pogs with Brian and ransom his bike.

middleschoolproblems

18. Running.

It took me a few weeks to get into without feeling close to death, but damn. Once I did... (Continued)


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I still suck at it, but I can do it. The cardiovascular improvement alone is worth it. I like being able to run up steps now without doubling over in pain.

tanman1975

19. Eating steaks medium rare.

Always had them well done at home. Moved out, wife introduced me to what I was missing out on. I weep for my past self.

Racthoh

20. Oral B

This battery operated tooth brush was a life changer for me. Teeth feel like I just left the dentist office every day. I can't believe people still use conventional tooth brushes.

Cheesiepeezy

21. Geocaching

I have travelled many times before, but little did I know that there were hundreds of small boxes nearby!

Edvoh

22. Rock climbing.

Started 5 years ago at age 29. It has completely opened up the world to me. Started camping, traveling, saving more money, getting in better shape, made me mentally super strong, destroyed depression, crushed my mood swings.

TenFour

23. Listening to podcasts.

whatsername25

24. Washing my face properly

I used to have horrible skin through out most of my life, no matter the face wash I used I had painfully red pimples and like those aggrivated ones that sort of form like a mount Olympus on my cheeks and for head. So my confidence was (Continued)


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My confidence was non existent and the majority of the day all I did was hide my face from people and try to find different ways to cover it up. All it took was rather than using my hands I swapped over to a wash cloth with deep cleaning facial soap, it was rough at first and hurt because my skin was always sensitive from the acne. But now I literally rarely ever get break outs anymore, the extra exfoliant from the texture of the handtowel must've worked in the soap more. Sounds simple as shit but it was like a break through for me.

SavageDax

Wearing yoga pants.

Comfiest pants ever.

blamethecranes

25. Drawing

I learnt to draw in five days using a book called "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" because it was referenced in some TedTalk and on the first day I was copying mediaeval woodcuts in almost exact detail. It also made my friends say "Holy crap, why didn't you start doing this sooner?"

Hoefgen

26. Leaving my hair natural.

Drying and straightening my (thick) hair takes about 2-3 hours, going with my natural curls takes a few minutes to spray and scrunch it with a towel then it's done. The only downside is it takes 4 hours to air-dry so I can't do that at night.

rental_aquarium

27. Telling people I love them

I was super in love with this girl from high school, but I was too shy to tell her. I always thought, "now's not the best time" or "maybe she'll reject me" or whatever. There were a million excuses and I fed into every one of them. We got older and moved away to different cities for university, then eventually stayed in those cities for work. We talked occasionally online, and whenever we were in each others' cities or back in our home town, we would meet up. Being with her was the most natural, comforting, exhilarating feeling I've ever had. I'm sure if you've ever met a perfect match you'll know the feeling.

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to tell me that she had suddenly died in a car crash. Her mother said, "I just have to tell you one thing, and I know she was shy but she would have wanted you to know that she was so in love with you."

10 years ago and I still think about her every day. How it could have been different. How I regret not telling her. There are so many regrets I have around that. Now, I tell everyone how I feel. I tell my friends and family that I love them all the time. I tell people how much they mean to me, because you really never know.

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28. Shaving my head.

Hair, is some bullcrap.

No more buying shampoo. Or conditioner. No bed head after getting up in the morning. I feel far less disgusting before my morning shower. Wind is no problem. Hats are no problem.

Man, eff hair.

Pullo_T

29. Using a menstrual cup.

If you're considering it... do it!

gunner_jensen

30. Stopped drinking.

I was putting down over 3 pints of whiskey per day. Went to detox and I'm so glad I did. I didn't realize just how badly it was affecting multiple aspects of my life. Haven't had a drink in over three weeks. Lost a few pounds too.

halciondays

31. Trekking alone.

You become a different person when you are trying to conquer a mountain all by yourself.

spacedickersonad


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