If we could hop into a time machine and revisit our 20s armed with the wisdom of today, what would we do differently? That’s a question posed on social media, and the responses are a fascinating mix of hindsight humor and genuine life lessons. Here’s a journey through some of the top 13 regrets and pieces of advice from people who wish they could turn back time.
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“Focus on career & become financially stable. Save all the money I could.”
Because, as they say, ‘Mo’ money, mo’ stability, mo’ avocado toast! Bethany’s regret is a lesson for us all.
“Don’t listen to my Asian parents, do a Comp Sci or Engineering degree mixed with Psychology.”
David would’ve been the tech guru with a psychologist’s insight. If only he’d heard the geeky whispers of destiny. But remember, life’s a lot like programming – it’s full of unexpected bugs and infinite loops!
“I wish I took learning seriously in college. Not getting good grades, but learning.”
Charissa wanted to be a knowledge sponge, but her college days were more like an absorbent paper towel.
“Eat healthier. Experiment with psychedelic drugs much earlier.”
Rumi’s recipe for life: a balanced diet and a dash of psychedelic exploration. Bon appétit!
“Put my family first. I’m ashamed of it, and if I could go back and change it, I definitely would.”
Faisal wishes he’d chosen family over friends in his 20s. Sometimes, adulthood is just a never-ending game of ‘Would You Rather?’
“Travel. Read. Develop a point of view. Curiosity is where it’s at.”
Budei Mihnea’s advice: Passport stamps make great tattoos, and curiosity is the compass of life.
“Leave toxic people earlier.”
Slava’s hindsight is 20/20: toxic people are like expired snacks—discard them before they make you sick.
“Learn to lift.”
Andrew’s secret to a better past? Lifting weights, because in life, strong muscles lead to a strong mind.
“Meditate daily. I could have avoided and prevented a lot of anxiety.”
Rachael’s motto: “Om” is where the heart is. Her 20s would’ve been ‘Namaste’-rific.
“Start Building Your Brand/Business Now.”
Andrew says, “Brand yourself like a pro!” Because in the world of personal branding, there’s no rewind button.
“Learn how to handle money. When that support ended, it took me a long time and a lot of mistakes to learn financial responsibility.”
Munjir’s wishful thinking: if only colleges offered a major in Adulting 101 with a minor in Financial Wizardry.
“Stop worrying about the future so much and enjoy every moment. Don’t have negative energy or time for gossip.”
Dushka’s secret recipe for a 20s do-over: Mix equal parts mindfulness and positivity, garnish with a pinch of no-nonsense.
“Stop being a b****, get out there and talk to people.”
Anonymous’s time-travel pep talk: swap ‘Netflix and chill’ for ‘Chat and network,’ because who needs binge-watching when you can binge-connect?
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