I have always been concerned about the passing of time and how it seems we could have done much more if only we had known. Life is a challenging journey, and a lot of the time we don’t know what we’re doing. So here are a few things I wish I knew beforehand, and I’m sure you’ll agree with some of them too.
- Controlling impulse spending. This is a very common and potent problem for most people. Some just cannot use a phone from a previous year, or other gadgets as well. Personally, I’ve been very wasteful when it comes to spending. I’m learning to give myself that discipline to understand the difference between need and want. Just because you can get something doesn’t mean you should.
- Staying fit/active. Back in my secondary school days, I used to have a reputation: I never said no to a game of soccer. I lived and breathed football and even used to run long-distance races. As a result, I was very fit. All that is in the past now. I still find the time to play at least once a week, but the long-distance racing is virtually beyond me now. I regressed in my early years in the University, took exercise for granted and started eating a lot more. Now I’m learning to pick up those habits again, and, as you can guess, life isn’t making it easy…at all.
- Budgeting and planning finances. I once heard someone say: knowing doesn’t save you. That is the hard-boiled truth. I always knew I needed to budget and plan my finances, but I was always too lazy to do it. The biggest lie we tell ourselves is: I have time. You always believe you can push the things you should be doing forward. Procrastination is not your friend; I’ve learned that the hard way. I am learning to plan and also exercise the discipline needed to stick with my plans. I’m also learning to appreciate the importance of budgeting in achieving my goals.
- Pursuing your passion. I always knew I could write. I liked reading a lot and was very aware that both go hand-in-hand but I just never committed to doing it. I'm not sure I can tell you why because I don't know myself. It took me a long time to even try it, and for something I enjoy doing, it was weird that it took so long. I can only imagine having those extra years under my belt now. So I’m learning not to limit myself; if you love something give it a whirl! Pursue that dream. Don't be afraid to start small. Life is for living.
These things are not regrets; I strongly believe every scene in the story of our lives happens for a reason. They make us who we are, and we should always be proud of that. On the other hand, these are just a few t’s and I’s I think I should’ve crossed and dotted.