5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Young

I was so naïve when I was young that I believed almost everything I heard

Who among us never have any regrets? Here are five things I wish I had known when I was young.

Life Goes Fast

Today, being over 60, I wish I had known that life goes by so fast…too fast! It seems to speed up the older I get. It’s like you’re traveling down the highway of life and the mile markers go by quicker and quicker. I wished I had stopped and taken the time to smell the roses, stopped to help someone on the road and that I had pulled over more often and taken that dirt road because I probably missed something.

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

I was so naïve when I was young that I believed almost everything I heard. When I was about 5, I remember hearing that you can’t kiss a girl without her getting pregnant; as a result, I was hesitant to kiss the girl with whom I thought I was in love. I believed what I had heard and found out later that it was a lie. I was so gullible when I was young. If I had only realized that the Bible always speaks the truth; people, not so much.

Friends Are Important

The older I get, the more value I see in friendships. I wish that I could take back some of the harsh words I told my friend. Some friends I am sure I alienated. Friends increase in value the older I get because good friends are hard to come by, and I think I took mine for granted.

Today Counts Forever

All the “todays” in my life seem like a blur now. Being young at the time, I thought I was invincible, and death was the furthest thing from my life, but I started losing family and friends to the grave. I should have realized that right now counts forever. None of us have any guarantee of tomorrow. How I wished I had told my friends and family members how much I loved them and needed them. For many, it’s now too late.

Money Is not Everything

Money is not the most important thing in my life. When I was young, I thought that the pursuit of money and the acquisition of things was the main goal in life. Later on I realized that people are more important than things, and that includes money. You can always get more money, but you cannot always get more relationships. Too often I placed money or things above people, but I realize today that I had it backwards.