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You may be living your best life right now, but best doesn’t mean it’s free of regrets. Each and every one of us will have, at some point in our lives, made decisions that we inevitably look back at with regret.
But choose to look at these regrets with a glass half full and you’ll quickly realise that they provide us with an opportunity to learn, grow, and be better. The best part about life is, you’re not limited to just learning from your own bad decisions. You learn from the regrets of others as well.
Here are four as told by fellow Malaysians…
Not taking the plunge on property
“Even though I was financially stable and could afford a home at the age of 30, I procrastinated because I was too afraid of loan repayments and too lazy to do research on properties. It was only 10 years later that I finally bought one, but because I’m now 40 years old, I can’t take a 35-year loan, which means I have higher monthly loan repayments.”
Overdoing it on fitness
“I’ve always been into fitness but I tend to overdo it sometimes. My wife told me many times that I needed to take it easy but I didn’t really follow her advice. A few months ago, I had to undergo knee surgery as I was experiencing pain from running. Now I spend most of my time doing physiotherapy—which I really hate but it’s something I have to do.”
Paying the price of going international
“Growing up, my parents always gave me the impression that international schools were better, so when I had my child, I decided that I would send her to one. The fees were really high, so I had to work extra hard to afford it. That meant working over the weekends as well, which also means I didn’t get to spend much time with my daughter. I don’t regret giving her the best education I could afford, but I do wish I could have spent more time with her now that she’s migrated overseas.”
Chasing the big, but unimportant, things in life and paying a high price for it
“You know how people say it’s the small things in life that matters the most? Well, it’s true. It’s the reason why my ex-wife and I got a divorce. I was too busy chasing the big things in life—bigger house, bigger car, bigger holidays—that I didn’t have time for the little things like just having dinner together. Eventually this drove us apart and we got divorced. It’s then that you realise there’s no reason to chase big things anymore because there’s nobody to chase it for.”
We don’t know about you, but reading these testimonials have opened our eyes to one very important thing: there’s no reclaiming lost time.
Unfortunately, life has a way of making us spend this precious commodity on silly things such as being stuck in traffic and standing in line to pay our bills. The good news is that thanks to technology, we can work around this very easily.
If you don't want to get stuck in traffic, you can download apps that can tell you which are the quickest routes to take. And why get stuck in long queues when you an easily book a table at a restaurant in advance through their website?
Similarly, with JomPAY, you can make payments whenever and wherever you are via the Internet or through mobile banking using any one of 40 banks. You can also make payments via ATMs by drawing funds from your Current, Savings, or credit card accounts. It’s easy, fast, and more importantly, secure.
No more waiting in line and no more having to carry wads of cash around!
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