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Things I Wish I Had Done Before My 40s [10 Advices for Men]

Turning 40 is a significant milestone for many men. It’s often seen as a time when we reflect on our lives and what we have accomplished so far. For some, it’s a time to set new goals and make changes to prepare for the next stage of life.

If you are a man approaching or already in your 40s, here are 10 things that you may wish you had done before then! If you are a man in your 20s or 30s, take some time to do these things now so you can enjoy your 40s even more!

I Wish I Had:

Traveled more.

I wish I had traveled more in my 20s and 30s. There are so many places I want to see, and I’m not sure if I’ll have the chance to do it all in my 40s! ​

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There’s no better time to travel the world for a man. You’ll have more money, energy, and freedom to do so, and you’ll likely have more exciting experiences to look back on.

Traveling can be a great way to learn about new cultures and get a different perspective on life. It can also be a fun way to meet new people and make lasting memories.

If you haven’t had a chance to travel as much as you would like, there’s still time! Plan a trip with your friends or family, or even go on your own. There are so many amazing places to explore in the world, and you’re sure to have a great time.

Whether you want to backpack through Europe or explore Asia, there are many unique places to see. Traveling not only allows you to experience new cultures but also teaches you about yourself and what you want in life.

Spent more time with family and friends.

I wish I had spent more time with family and friends in my 20s and 30s. These are relationships that are important to me, and I don’t want to take them for granted.

Spending time with loved ones is a great way to connect and catch up on what’s been going on in each other’s lives. It’s also an excellent opportunity for men to make memories that will last a lifetime.

If you’re like me, you may have been so busy with work or other commitments that you didn’t have as much time for your family and friends as you would have liked. But it’s never too late to change that! Make an effort to spend more time with the people who matter most to you. You’ll be glad you did.

Taken more risks – tried new things, went on adventures.

In my 20s and 30s, I was a little too cautious man and didn’t take enough risks. Now that I’m getting closer to 40, I wish I had gone on more adventures and tried new things.

Risks can be scary, but they can also be a lot of fun! If you don’t take risks, you’ll never know what you’re capable of. Adventure is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Whether it’s hiking through the wilderness or skydiving, there are plenty of adventures to be lived.

If you’re looking for a new challenge, why not try something that’s a little out of your comfort zone? You may be surprised at how much you enjoy it. If you’ve been wanting to try something new but have been afraid to take the plunge, now is the time to do it! You may surprise yourself with how much you enjoy it.

Now that I’m in my 40s, I realize that it’s essential to try new things and go on adventures. You never know what you might find out about yourself or what exciting experiences you’ll have.

If you’re like me, you may be a little hesitant to try new things. Risks are not for everybody. But remember – there’s no time like the present! Adventure is all around us; we just need to open our eyes and hearts to it.

Saved money – invested in stocks, started a retirement fund, etc.

Saving money can be difficult, but it’s worth it in the long run. If you start saving for retirement when you’re young, you’ll thank yourself later!

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There are many ways to save money – you need to find one that works best for you. You could invest in stocks, start a savings account or even purchase a property.

No matter what method you choose, make sure to start saving as soon as possible. The earlier you start, the more time your money will have to grow.

If your income allows it, consider saving more than the recommended amount each month. This will help you reach your long-term financial goals quicker.

On the other hand, if you can’t save as much money as you’d like, don’t worry – every little bit helps. Start by saving what you can and then gradually increase the amount over the years as your income allows.

Saving money is one of the most important things a man can do for himself and his future. By starting to save early on, you’ll be in a much better position later in life.

Had a healthier lifestyle.

When I was younger, I didn’t care about my health and ate whatever I wanted. Now that I’m getting closer to 40, I wish I had started living a healthier lifestyle sooner.

A healthy lifestyle is vital for both your physical and mental health. It’s never too late to start, though – even if you’re a man in your 40s or 50s.

There are many ways to live a healthier lifestyle, so find one that works best for you. You could start by eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, or reducing stress levels.

Making small changes to your lifestyle can significantly impact your overall health. If you start when you are young, it will be easier to keep the healthy habits going for the rest of your life.

The older you get, the more difficult to change your lifestyle. That’s why it’s essential to start early when making changes is much easier.

Had Been less judgmental.

When I was a guy in my 20s, I was very judgmental of others and often criticized them. Now that I passed my 40s, I wish I had been less judgmental and more accepting of others.

Judging others is never a good thing – it only leads to resentment and division. If you can learn to accept others for who they are, life will be much happier for everyone involved.

It’s not easy to change the way we think, but it’s worth it in the long run. Start by accepting yourself for who you are, and then work on accepting others as well. It may take time, but eventually, you’ll see that judging others does nothing but harm relationships.

When we accept others for who they are, we open ourselves to new experiences and perspectives. We also create a more positive and welcoming environment for everyone around us.

We can all learn from our mistakes and try to be less judgmental in the future. It will make the world a much more peaceful place, and your future self will thank you for it.

Learned how to cook and do basic repairs around the house.

I didn’t learn to cook until I was well into my 20s. And, even then, it was mostly just microwaving food or following recipes. In my 30s, I’ve learned that cooking is a valuable skill to have, not just because it saves you money but also because you can control the ingredients and nutrition in your food.

Learned how to cook and do basic repairs around the house

If I had learned how to cook earlier, it would have saved me a lot of time and money.

Basic repairs around the house are another thing that I wish I had learned sooner. It would have saved me from having to call a plumber or electrician every time something went wrong.

I wish I also knew how to change a tire, sew on a button, and do other basic things like that. I would have been a lot more self-sufficient.

The sooner you learn these basic skills, the better. Not only will you save yourself some money and hassle, but you’ll also be more prepared for emergencies.

Appreciated the simple things in life.

I didn’t appreciate the simple things in life until my mid-30s. I was so caught up in making money and being successful that I missed out on the little moments that made life worth living.

Now that I’m a man in my 40s, closer to the midlife crisis, I appreciate simple things more than ever. Spending time with my family and friends, taking walks in the park, and eating good food are all things that I now cherish.

If you’re still in your 20s or 30s, make sure you take the time to appreciate the simple things in life. You may not realize it now, but they’re what make life worth living.

They are also the things that will bring you happiness in the long run. You won’t remember the money you made or the things you bought, but you will remember the good times you spent with your family and friends.

Experiences are what matter most in life, so make sure you take the time to experience them as much as you can.

Invested in me – take classes, learn a new skill, or read more books.

One of the best things I’ve done in my 40s is to invest in myself. I’ve taken classes to learn new skills, read more books, and basically tried to become a more well-rounded man.

In my 20s and 30s, I invested in myself, but it was mainly in the form of buying things – cars, clothes, etc.

Now that I’m an older man, I realize that it’s not about having things; it’s about learning and growing as a man. That’s why I’m trying to learn new things all the time. Things as how to play the guitar, speak another language, relate to people better, be a better man, husband, and father, etc. 

The more you learn, the more you realize how much there is to learn. Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself – it will pay off in the long run. 

If you want to be happy in your 30s and 40s, invest in yourself. Take classes, read books, and learn new skills. It will pay off in the long run.

Let go of grudges and resentment.


I’ve held on to grudges and resentment for years, and it’s only caused me pain. It’s time to let go of those negative feelings and move on.

Grudges and resentment are like poison – they eat away at you from the inside out. They make you bitter, angry, and resentful. And, worst of all, they stop you from enjoying life.

The sooner you let go of grudges and resentment, the sooner you can start living a happier life. Let go of those negative feelings and move on. It’s time to let go and be happy.


So, those are my top ten things I wish I had done before my 40s. If you’re a man in your 20s or 30s, make sure you do some of these things – it will set you up for a happy and prosperous future. Thanks for reading!