7 Common Regrets People Have Later in Life


As a child, we don’t think much about our life but when we grow up, life is full of choices. Many of them come with uncertainty, and we never know what might have been if we had chosen differently. Despite of all our efforts, we will face regrets in our life. Failed relationships, missed opportunities, poor judgment calls, some desires and decisions will hit us during our odd times.

Here are 7 common regrets people have later in life:

This is a list of the most common regrets people have in their life. I have included a write up for each point, hope you’ll get it very easily. Make sure you won’t leave any regrets in your life.

Work regrets

1. Working too Much

We all work too hard in today’s world, but for what? We all want to reach some goals, some achievement, some number in our bank accounts. However, what will all this really mean? Sure, we have security and pride knowing that we can afford certain things or have a specific title, but humans need more than that. We thrive on emotional connection and love, both of which require other people.

At the final days, you won’t remember how much money you have made or how far you got in your career. You’ll remember the people you made connections with. You’ll think about the memories you made and the laughs you had with those loved ones. We have to work for our survival, but that doesn’t mean to avoid every relationships. Stay with people that will make your life meaningful.


2. Never Taking a Big Risk

Many felt that a fear of failure caused them to play it too safe. They knew that they could have billionaire, big titles or more fulfilling lives. If they had taken some risks and distributed the status quo.

By not taking a big risk, keeps the regrets in mind for ages. Consider making a list of everything you have ever wanted to experience in life. Then start crossing them off one by one, and watch your happiness (and your comfort zone) expanding amazingly.


3. I Wish I Was Happier

We like to think that outside forces control our emotions, but the key to emotional control lies within us. We don’t choose what happen to us, but we can choose how we react to it.

People don’t realize that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so called ‘patterns’ overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Resulting the restriction in mind, We keep pushing others to live a happy life and try to adjust ourselves in that particular situation. But the fact is happiness lies within us.


4. Caring too Much About what Other People Think

Most of us gives more importance on what other people around us think about us. How will they judge us? In the moment, we think their opinions are crucial to our future success and happiness.

Truth is, it’s your life, and you have to be happy with it. You cannot let the opinions of others dictate how you are going to live your life.

As the quotes goes:

We spend money that we do not have, on things we do not need, to impress people who do not care.

Will Smith

Stop worrying so much about what other people will think.

Read more 7 Effective ways for Balanced Work Life

Travel Restriction

5. Not Travelling When You Had the Chance

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

St. Augustine

This is the most common regret you’ll hear from people. They regret not travelling more before they settle down into a 9-5 job or due to responsibility.

If you are a businessman or an entrepreneur, you’ll probably believe that not travelling whilst you’re young in order to work hard and get yourself on the success road. After earning, you’ll travel the dream places but at the end you are left with regrets only.


6. Being Afraid to Say ‘ I Love You ‘

Many people suppressed their feeling for someone in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settle for a average life and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However people may initially react when you change the way you are (By speaking honestly). Expressing your love by saying the three miracle words (I Love You). In the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

Young Boy with Parents

7. Not Spending Enough Time with Your Parents

Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of spending time with parents. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let the relationship slip over days and months. There were many dep regrets about not giving time and efforts what the parents deserved.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let the call or messages slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial status, but it is not money that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of their loved ones.

In the Last, remember that one day, you won’t have any more present moments left to experience. You won’t have road trips to go on, or mountains to climb, or Mother-Father to bless, or child to kiss goodnight, or a partner to curdle with you.

You will have your memories, that will keep you feel alive. Not matter your age, your problems, you can choose to live life fully right now. Don’t wait for any miracle, step out from your comfort zone (Mental Barrier) until its to late and you’re left with regrets. Say NO to regrets and a BIG YES to your destiny.

Happy Reading 🙂

Back To Top