You can't predict the future, but you can save yourself from regret, at least partly. Do it, while time's still on your side. Don't let the foolishness of youth turn into bitterness in five or ten years.
You live in the now, but you're not careless. No matter how mindful, you still have the idea that there's more to life and that the future is near. And decisions you make now can and will affect the rest of your journey. Of course, you are allowed to make mistakes, but some universal truths will help you now for the sake of a better future—the future with fewer regrets and more fond memories.
Don't Hide Your Emotions
It's quite tricky: should you call your ex and make an idiot out of yourself? Or, should you confess to your best friend that you're in love with them? The only reason you're not doing anything right now regarding those emotions is that you're scared. You're afraid you will be rejected, and that's ok. But, if you don't try, it's like you lost already.
If you love someone, tell them. Don't make a big deal about it. The same goes for your family and friends: you will regret not being more vocal about your feelings one day. Change that, and do it now. Stop hiding, crying your heart out; you're stronger than that. Put yourself out there, and let others know that you appreciate and care for them deeply.
Change Is Inevitable
You can deny it, fight it, but you can't escape it. Change is part of every single day, so being afraid of it is kind of ridiculous. Though it may seem like significant changes happen overnight, most of the time, that's not the case. And don't doubt your ability to adapt.
People and situations, circumstances, nothing is permanent. So, trust yourself that you can deal will anything life throws at you. Don't let fear control you, rather be curious about the upcoming events, days, and people who are yet to come into your life.
If you have any dreams, what are you waiting for? You can do it tomorrow, but why not start today? No one says that you shouldn't take some alone time, and enjoy yourself. But a day has 24 hours, so you can squeeze in an hour to do something productive.
It's hard for some to understand that if you have a 9 to 5 job, you still can learn, make yourself better, and move on to more meaningful things. You can turn your hobbies and passions into money-making machines. And it's not just your job: if you want to travel, or to find love, start working, saving money or improving yourself. Whatever it is that you need takes time, but the first step is action. Just start doing it!
Rethink Your Relationships
As you grow, your world changes. You may notice you no longer enjoy the same company. Perhaps you merely aren't on the same frequencies anymore, but it could be something else. Some people are in your life to make it better, while others bring nothing but trouble.
Stop hanging out with toxic or harmful people. It's better to focus on becoming your best friend than calling someone annoying simply because you don't want to be alone. These fake friends are draining your energy, which you can use for self-improvement. And they are also taking up your time, which you could use to be with people who uplift you. The same goes for family and romantic partners. You shouldn't keep people who are dragging you down. It's that simple.
Youth Is Short
You will never be this beautiful, carefree, or energetic. But, you will get wiser, wittier and you'll get to know what you truly love. Take the best care of yourself now, to create a healthy body and mind for the upcoming years. It's easier to develop habits now and continue living that clean life once you're married with kids.
No one needs regrets. If you don't like something, change it. If you can't, then move onto something better for you. Enjoy your silly youthful mistakes, but don't create future troubles. When it comes to big, important things and people in your life, you're building a foundation now, so start being more responsible. Not for anyone else but yourself!