In your twenties, eating fried food over fresh vegetables is not usually perceived to be such a big deal. But anyone over the age of 50 will tell you that the decisions you make about your health when you are young can have devastating effects when you are older, and that once your health starts to fade it is hard to get it back.
2. They understand that saving money is important
When you're earning your first paychecks after high school or college saving seems virtually impossible. But anyone over the age of 50 will tell you how important it is to start putting away those pennies when you are young, even if it means putting away a few bucks a week.
While in your 20s and 30s that big promotion may seem like the only thing worth striving for, anyone over the age of 50 will tell you how important it is to make more time for the things you love, even if you don't have a paycheck attached.
4. They know it's never too late to find love
By the age of 30, anyone who hasn't found love and happiness may feel that it is all over for them. However, people over the age of 50 have seen members of their inner circle find the right person at all stages of life, making it clear that there is no expiration date on finding a partner or happiness.
Money definitely makes things easier, but people over 50 will tell you that beyond paying the bills and enjoying a few extra material comforts, money alone will not make you happy.
6. They realize that those little worries go away
The worries that follow you around through early adulthood will be over by the time you are 40. With enough years under your belt, you'll have figured out how to take care of your needs without sweating the small stuff.
We all have experienced earth-shattering moments which we feel like we will never bounce back from. It could be the death of a parent or the loss of a job. But people over the age of 50 will tell you that no matter how bad things may seem at that moment, it's simply a detour, not an impasse.
8. They realize that wisdom comes from unexpected places
Anybody over the age of 50 will tell you that the greatest wisdom you will receive in life comes from unexpected places, be it a particularly astute friend or a funny child in your family who has a unique perspective on things.
Anyone who has lived over 50 knows that our planet is deteriorating rapidly and they have likely seen it get worse during their lifetime. As a result, they know how to be less wasteful.
10. They know how much damage toxic relationships can do
While it may seem important to maintain a relationship at any cost when you are young, people over 50 know how quickly a bad relationship can drag you down. Bad relationships could come in the form of a friend who's always putting you down, or an unsupportive family member, those bad relationships will do you more harm than good in the end.