rock climbingAge may be just a number, but let’s face it—life is short, and there are many who wish they had more time to do what they’ve always wanted to do. Octogenarians would wish they had the strength to move and travel like they were able to do at sixty; those who retired at sixty wish they spent more time with their families decades ago; and those trudging through middle age desire the carefree lifestyle they had when they were much younger.

Indeed, there are many things best experienced early in life. These are the things that bring us joy, that make us happy being ourselves, and enable us to be at peace with what we have. Here are five of the things you should do while you’re in your youth so that you can spend more time doing what you love.

Be active.

Make your body strong while you’re still young, so you can enjoy playing sports, hiking mountain trails, swimming, competing in triathlons, and skateboarding even when you’re fifty! Try out different sports—even extreme ones such as sky diving and rock climbing—and play! Remember that if you can’t get yourself to go exercise, train, and be adventurous while you’re still young, it’s not likely to happen as you get older. So don’t slouch, stretch your muscles, and eat healthy; your body will thank you for it later.

Travel to places you haven’t been to.

Don’t be a stranger in your own country, and don’t be a tourist among your fellow people. Explore the world—or just the next county—and get to know people and places. Take a road trip by yourself, with friends, or with family. See the world. The more you do so, the better you will be able to understand others, and be exposed to life’s little mysteries. Travelling to other countries lets you experience another culture and in so doing, learn how to respect and embrace diversity. Going out of your comfort zone builds character, so just do it!

Prepare for your retirement.

It sounds like something ‘old folks’ do as you may probably have just started on your career, but trust experts when they say the he earlier you prepare for your retirement, the earlier you can stop working and fully enjoy the fruits of your labor. This is because when you’re in your twenties, you can invest even just a little amount for a short period and end up with far more savings than someone older who would have to invest so much more over a longer period.

Learn another language (or two, or three).

Learn a new language and use it when you travel, or simply to advance your career. Knowing different languages not only keeps your mind sharp but also opens up a world of opportunities to explore, make friends around the world, and use your language savvy for when you have to close a deal with a foreign company!

Learn to drive.

Driving is an essential skill, whether you need to drive on a daily basis or not. When you equip yourself with driving know-how, you empower yourself. Learning new skills is easier when you’re young, and you can use your skills when going on that road trip and during emergency situations such as helping an injured friend get to the hospital. Prepare for theory testing and the driving test as soon as you can, get your licence, and be a responsible driver ready to take on the world!