Give Me 5 will feature random things that capture my interest. It can range from serious thoughts to simple fangirl musings.
So my sister and I both decided to drop our #project365 posts on Instagram. Hah! I always new we weren't meant to do it for the long haul. Oh well, it was good while it lasted. At least I got up to Day 100.
Anyways, allow me to share some things I realized I should've done when I was still in my 20's --- back in the days when you were allowed to be young, reckless and living for the moment.
Opened up a life insurance policy. Had I gotten one when I was 25, I'd probably be close to paying it off by now. But I enjoyed the windfall of earning one's own keep and never really bothered saving up for the rainy days until I hit 30. Nowadays I learned, an insurance plan definitely comes in handy when you're older.
Splurged on a trip abroad. Granted that I spent 7 years of my life working for a BPO, the money I earned there would've been enough to fund even just one trip abroad with friends. The opportunity presented itself in 2012, but I passed up on it because I didn't have a passport and I chickened out on the expenses.
Took vacations at least once a year. Believe it or not, the only time I had been out of Cebu for the past 14 years was during a fly-in/fly-out work trip to Manila in 2011 and a college blockmate's wedding in Bohol last 2012. I was too busy being the perfect employee that I forgot how to enjoy life.
Applied for a job abroad. My friend Gen flew to Dubai on a tourist visa and started job-hunting while staying with friends. She got lucky and landed a job that offered her the opportunity to fly-back into the country at least twice a year. I wouldn't be so ignorant about travelling as I am right now if, like her, I risked uprooting myself and started life in another country.
Lastly, I should have been mindful of my fitness regime. I used to be so proud I wasn't as big-boned as my younger siblings and was known as the "thin one" in the family. Maybe genetics are to be blamed as well but I soon found myself gaining extra pounds just six months after I started working in a call-center. When your body clock's screwed, you make up for it by stress eating.
These aren't regrets but rather valuable lessons I would have gladly shared with my decade-younger self if we were to meet hypothetically.