Buzz·Posted on Jun 16, 201427 Things You Won't Regret When You're OlderHere's how to make the best of each and every day.by Erin La RosaBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Turning off your phone when you're at a dinner. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com You won't remember the cool Instagram photo you saw on your feed. (Unless it's, like, super freaking cool.) You'll want to remember the stories and conversations you had. So put down the damn phone. 2. Saying good-bye to a toxic friend. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF ShondaLand / Via giphy.com There will be a friend who brings you down — maybe they're jealous, or just cruel — either way, you'll wonder why you didn't ditch them sooner. Bye, Felicia! 3. Waking up early and getting shit done. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Sleeping in is great, don't get me wrong, but it's important to wake up early and do something for yourself. Whether it's a morning hike, or working on your novel, just get up, grab coffee, and feel productive. LIKE A BOSS. 4. Saying no to plans when you're totally overwhelmed. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF HBO / Via mrs-somerhalders-gifs.tumblr.com In the words of Donna from Parks and Recreation: Treat yo' self. Listen to your body when it's asking for R&R, take time to recharge, and then you'll be 100% the next time plans arise. 5. Trusting your initial instincts when considering a job opportunity. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF AMC / Via blog.queensland.com If you're going through the interview process and at any point have a bad feeling, trust that instinct and run like hell. Not everyone can afford to be picky, but at some point, hopefully you will. 6. Embracing each day for exactly what it is: a NEW day. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF giphy.com Don't dwell on things you did the day before, or fixate on regrets, just try and start each day as a new opportunity. And who knows, today could be your LUCKY day! 7. Not going to your high school reunion. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Touchstone Pictures / Via spacecadet.tumblr.com Unless you had the very best time in high school, don't bother. You'll keep in touch with the people who mattered, and you won't with the ones who didn't. No awkward dance party will change that. 8. Telling your family how much they mean to you as often as you can. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com If you're lucky, your family will be the most important people in your life. Tell them that often, and it will remind you to be grateful. 9. Taking photos at family gatherings and holidays. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com I'm not telling you to go selfie crazy here, but take some posed photos so you can remember the times when you were all together. 10. Keeping a photo album filled with your favorite moments. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com If for no other reason than at some point, someone will ask you about your life, and you can actually show them. 11. Making your own friend family. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The older you get, the more clear it becomes how important your true friends are. The "family" may be small, but they're often stronger than blood. 12. Asking for a raise. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com At some point, you will deserve more money, so put on the big pants and speak your mind. Worst-case scenario is that they say no. And best-case scenario is, of course, you get what you deserve. 13. Finishing what you started. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com It could be a personal goal, completing a degree, or even something as simple as making a clean breakup with someone. Either way, being able to complete things and move on or learn from them will shape you. (Plus, it's just good form.) 14. Taking advantage of all your vacation days and time off. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Seriously, do you have unused vacay days? Use them. Also, when you do take a vacation, shut off the phone, close the email, and just simply enjoy the shit out of it. 15. Maintaining the things you own. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Whether it be your house, car, or even your phone, treat them all with respect. You paid for them and earned them, so the last thing you want is to skip buying those brake pads only to realize that not buying them has cost you new brakes. 16. Taking care of your skin. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com It's the largest organ on your body, people! Protect it with sunscreen so you won't get wrinkles or worse, skin cancer. Wear a sun hat and slather on the lotion so it stays happy. 17. Trying to make your corner of the world a better place. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Improving the lives of other people, whether it be by volunteering or just complimenting the people around you on a regular basis, is extremely rewarding. 18. Spending more money than you expected on a trip you'll remember for the rest of your life. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Sometimes it's OK to splurge and treat yourself. In the end, the memories might just be worth the money. 19. Standing up for yourself when you need to. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF FOX Haters gonna hate, and when someone has deeply hurt you, let them know. It can be kindly and firmly, but speaking your mind will make you feel stronger in the long run. 20. Expressing yourself creatively in some way. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com It doesn't matter if what you do for a living isn't creative, what matters is giving yourself a creative outlet. Even if no one ever sees it, it's something for you, and it will inspire you to do greater things. 21. Moving on from places or people who undermine your confidence. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF moviegifss.tumblr.com / Via MGM First of all: Eff anyone who makes you feel like shit. If you're at a job or in a town that fills you with anxiety, it's time to take the steps toward moving on. Same goes for a person, whether it be a boss or someone you're dating. 22. Going on tons of adventures, big and small. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / Via its-leviooosa.tumblr.com Remember that time when you drove four hours to Big Bear? Or what about that Saturday when you went to the farmers' market and bought too much pasta? No? Start making memories, y'all. 23. Saving a little money for emergencies. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com At some point, something will happen: You’ll get a flat tire, the fridge will break, your friend will plan a destination wedding. Either way, those moments are difficult enough, and having some savings to fall back on will help to de-stress your life. 24. Deleting your Facebook account. imgur.com Trust me, you won't miss anything. At. All. 25. Celebrating the important moments in other people's lives. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Belisarius Productions / Via randomreactiongifs.tumblr.com Supporting your friends and being able to share their important life moments may seem like a small thing, but when your big life moments come, they'll be able to return the favor. 26. Making time every day for a relationship that means the world to you. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF New Line Cinema / Via unicorngifs.tumblr.com Talking about love, folks. Take a little time each day to do something just for your S.O., even if it's simply pouring them wine when they get home. 27. Every moment you laugh with your best friend. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Best friends are the best for a reason. Spend time with them. Laugh with them. Hug the living hell out of them.