Of course, every list about what you “should” do before you turn 30. or 40, or any other decade should be taken with a grain of salt. And, that’s because everyone’s goals and perspectives on life are different. One person might want to travel the world while another may want to open up a pie shop. Different strokes for different folks. However, one of the top regrets of the dying is not following one’s dreams. It doesn’t matter how old you are; you can still achieve whatever you desire if you have the willpower and passion to do so.
As they say, it’s better to fail at something and say you tried than remain stuck in your head dreaming about doing things. Dreams require action to get from Point A to Point B. As humans, we are creatures of habit and comfort. We don’t like doing things that get us outside our normal routine, unfortunately.
However, studies have shown that stability is the enemy of learning. In other words, getting out of the comfort zone is the only way we can keep our brains sharp and adapt to changes. So, the key is to push past that initial discomfort and continue putting yourself a little more outside your comfort zone. That way, you can make some progress without getting too overwhelmed by your feelings.
With that said, let’s go over some common regrets people have about things they wish they’d done before turning 30.
“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” – Lewis Carrol
3 Things Everyone Should Do Before They Turn 30
- boosting your immune system because you’re exposed to new bacteria and organisms
- increasing cognitive flexibility and depth
- becoming more culturally aware
- boosting emotional stability and openness
If you can’t afford to travel all over the world, even doing a cross-country road trip with a loved one or by yourself can offer numerous benefits. Many of us get wrapped up in our own lives and become complacent after a while, so why not use your one or two week vacation and expand your horizons? You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
If you need some more encouragement, here are some words from Quora users about their regrets surrounding travel:
“My father worked for Qantas and I only discovered recently that I had Staff Travel discounts available to me up until I was 26.
I never used it.
I have been fortunate in the fact that I have traveled the world since then and even in my high school days I did some travel.
But, I squandered a major chance on some real adventures before I took on life`s responsibilities and started to settle down.
Your 20s are the perfect opportunity.
You have the time and innocence to spread your wings and go explore.
There are so many wonderful places, people, and things to do out there in our big, amazing planet.
Don’t wait!” – Quora user Michael Bosman
“Travel. Ask people at your workplace what they would be doing if they had significant time off, and the answer is almost always the same—traveling. Then they look to their 20-something colleague and look at them with such envy about how much time they have. Many regretted as singles not doing it more often. There was more time, lessobligations, but many did not do anything about it. In fact, many admitted they would have been happy to increase that credit card balance for the sake of travel.” – Quora user Ahmed N. Muneeb
2. Follow your passion
In life, there’s a lot of pressure to follow a certain path, and you can easily go down the wrong one if you’re listening to the crowd. Instead of following in others’ footsteps, don’t be afraid to blaze your own trail. Create your own story. Too many people are staying inside the lines instead of venturing outside their comfort zone, and this leads to stagnation and discontent.
Everyone has different passions in life, so don’t ever listen to people who want to squander your dreams. Only you know what your heart longs for, so don’t hesitate to answer that call and take the leap of faith. When we’re following our bliss, we raise our frequency and allow the universe to move through us effortlessly. Any discontent we feel about our current situation creates energetic blockages in our bodies, and this will only compound the more we turn away from our joy.
Here’s what one Quora user has to say about following your passion:
“With rising student debt and declining job security, those in their 20s are panicking. Again as someone who fits in this category, I can attest to this.
This is why I’ve started to work on my skillset outside of my traditional 9-to-5 job.
Personally, I love to write. I hope to eventually earn a full-time salary as an author and freelance writer.
Every single day, I write for two hours.
Every single day, I read for an hour.
I’m not great but through discipline and consistency, I’m slowly getting there.
I love my 9-to-5 job, but anything can turn on a dime. One conversation with HR and I could find myself unemployed within a matter of weeks.
It’s important that you explore now, when you’re free of serious commitments (i.e. children), to explore whatever craft you’ve chosen and work, slow and steady, towards mastery.” – Quora user Jennifer Chan
3. Try new activities
Before you turn 30, try to get involved with as many things that bring you joy as possible. Even if you have kids or a demanding job, take some time on the weekends to learn a new skill or hobby. You can even bring your kids with you! Let’s say you want to learn how to crochet. Maybe you can find a local class and learn from others – it could even turn into a business if you really enjoy it! The sky is truly the limit when it comes to taking on new activities.
Learning a new skill creates new pathways in the brain which help you perform better and retain all the incoming information. Therefore, if you aren’t actively learning things, your brain remains the same. Every day, try to work on a skill that you consider important. Even if you’re only working at it a few minutes a day, your brain will start to absorb the information.
Here’s what a Quora user says about learning:
“Your brain is like an engine.