No regrets. Just a few things that would’ve made life easier if I had figured them out sooner:
10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was Younger
- Many people are in bad circumstances through no fault of their own. Not all, but many.
- Buy long-term care insurance. It’s one of the essential insurances, along with homeowners, life (but not nearly as much as is recommended), automobile, and disability (if available from your employer).
- Stop concerning yourself with what other people think, except when they are right and are just trying to keep you from doing something stupid.
- Expand your comfort zone, and then expand it a little more.
- Build more stone patios and fewer wooden decks. Decks lift you up and away from the earth. Patios keep you grounded. Plus, patios are wheelchair accessible.
- Stop working for medium to large corporations. Sometimes it’s a necessary evil to gain experience, but over time corporate life can suck the life out of you.
- Almost nothing is as big a deal as you make it out to be. Let things go. This too shall pass, except maybe MS. That’s a freaking huge deal.
- If you have mobility problems, purchase a one-story house in the city, now, not 10 years from now.
- Make more of an effort to meet all sorts of people, not only people just like you.
- The greatest feeling in the world comes from helping others.
Here’s a bonus list:
10 Things I’m Glad I Figured Out When I Was Younger
- Don’t buy insurance for ultra-specific purposes, like your new TV or laptop. Your insurance policy for these items is called a savings account.
- High maintenance, pedestal women are trouble.
- A positive outlook is a self-fulfilling prophecy (thanks, Mom).
- Learn the basics of personal finances, and adhere to them.
- Don’t buy into negativism. Don’t be mean.
- Take risks.
- Change is good.
- Everything doesn’t happen for a reason. Sometimes, shit just happens.
- Low expectations stave off disappointment. To clarify, I’m not saying you should dream small. I’m saying you shouldn’t make your happiness contingent upon best case outcomes.
- Facts prove theories; anecdotal evidence, testimonials, and stories don’t (thanks, science class).
Agree? Disagree? What would you add to either of these lists?