You are never going to regret going to the gym. Of course it’s hard to motivate yourself to go for a 30minute run on the treadmill, or to do 20 burpies, but your body is going to love you for it, and you’ll look baben too!
2. I wish I never got up at 5am to see the sunrise
Who doesn’t love watching creation being awakened on a new day to the cinematic colours of pinks, reds and oranges. However, I guess you would regret getting up at 5am if the sunrise was a no show…
3. That full day studying at the library was such a bad idea
As much as I hate to admit it, I am most productive in my study when I am not in my bedroom and away from the distractions of the pantry, the fridge and the endless cups of tea. It seems strange as I write it, but somehow being in a room full of strangers who are all doing the same thing as me keeps me accountable, and more importantly, decreases my Facebook surfing time.
4. I wish I never got braces
Braces aren’t amazing; I of all people would know this. I was fortunate to only have to endure a metal mouth for 1 year and 9 months, but those 21 months were not without their hardships and difficulties. My braces accompanied me as a bridesmaid, at my 21st, and at every other one of my high school friends' 21sts too. So you could say that we were pretty attached to each other… haha that was a super lame joke. But anyway, braces are worth it, your smile will love you for getting braces. So if you’re considering getting braces and you actually need them, like actual, and you can afford them, then go for it!
5. I really regret watching the Rugby World Cup final in 2011
Hello!? Of course that was the most stressful game of rugby I’ve ever watched. And yes we did only win by 1 point… but WE WON!! I actually wasn’t living in New Zealand when I watched this game, but I made the big haul from my village in Vanuatu on an outer island into Port Villa to watch the game at a pub! I walked 45minutes down a hill, took a 30minute boat ride, and 1 hour truck ride to get into town… just to watch the rugby. And it was SO worth it!
6. I really wish I didn’t spend most of my money during my OE
Even though I returned to NZ with hardly any money I wouldn’t regret the $ I spent doing fun activities and on the travelling I did around Vanuatu during the 6 months I lived there. I got to go scuba diving, canyoning, caving, and so much more! I actually spent a decent amount of money on buying stickers for the kids I taught at school too, which was so worth it because the school couldn’t afford to give them stickers on a regular basis. So it was quite a privilege for the students.
7. I wish I had stopped going to church
Although this may not be true for everyone, for me, I have never wished I had stopped going to church. Especially since going to University I have found that going to church, getting involved in church, and making friends at church, is so much more important to me now than what it was when I was 16, and I think I’m a lot happier because of it too.
8. I wish I had never learnt how to drive a manual
This is just my personal opinion, but I think it’s really beneficial to know how to drive manual cars. Because I learnt how to drive in my trusty Holden Barina GTI I feel like I have a better understanding of gears and how the car works, it probably helped having an ex-mechanic for a Dad too. When you know how to drive a manual, you can drive an automatic easy, however, not vice-versa. Get my logic?
9. I wish I hadn’t squeezed that pimple that wouldn’t go away
This definitely doesn’t apply to every pimple situation, some pimples are just not meant to be squeezed. But there’s always that one pimple that has been there for over a week and it’s just not going away! You say to yourself, “I’ll be good and not squeeze it, no matter how much I want to.” But then another couple of days go by and it’s still there! So you give it a squeeze and what do ya know, in the next couple of days it’s disappeared. It’s like it was never there! I think the trick here is to know when to hold out, when to go for it and when to let it be. Who thought that pimples could be so complicated!
10. I wish I had spent more time on Facebook
This is kinda ironic because the link to this blog is posted on Facebook. But let’s get real, Facebook takes up WAY too much of our time! I was recently looking at some of my first statuses when I first got Facebook, way back in 2009. I noticed heaps of people posting on my wall things like “Welcome to the world of Facebook, careful it’s addictive!” And guess what, way back in 2009, those people were right! I could go into so much more about this dangerous ‘world’ of Facebook... but that’s a whole nother blog post to talk about isn’t it!! I’m just going to say it… Facebook is 90% of the time, a waste of time. Boom!