As we grow older, we begin to realize that there was more time to do what we actually wanted. Regrets work in mysterious ways and are often related to words we never spoke, chances we never took or people we haven’t appreciated.

Below is a list of 30 things that people regret most for when they look back on their lives.

  1. Traveling More

    Most people feel disappointed they didn’t travel as much when they could. Therefore, don’t waste any time and give in to traveling, starting today.

  2. Learning a Language

    Languages are enriching to our souls and minds, and they actually make vacations, meeting people and experiencing the world much more enjoyable.

  3. Dealing with Relationships

    It doesn’t matter if you stayed in a toxic relationship for more than you should, or you didn’t see your friends as much as you wanted to. The quality of the relationships we build matters later on in life, therefore, work on those you find valuable and let go of those causing you an emotional burden.

  4. Fearing Newness

    Because of fear, many people never have the courage to make a drastic change in their life. As per studies, people who are more adventurous and spontaneous experience more than others and therefore, obtain a higher satisfaction in life.

  5. Ignoring Your Health

    From dental and physical, to emotional health and exercising, people tend to forget that our bodies need nonstop care. Later on in life, they find themselves regretting not taking much better care of themselves and expanding their lifespan in return.

  6. Hating Your Job, But Doing Nothing About It

    If you don’t like your job, do something about it. Find something that inspires you to be the person you want, instead of settling for a stressful work environment for the rest of your life. And yes, you can do it, just like many others did!

  7. Not Paying Attention to Education

    Dropping high-school or college is one of people’s greatest fears when they get older. You still have time to change this, so put your education first.

  8. Not Feeling Content with Yourself

    Seriously, life is too short to be hard on yourself. Let go of any inhibitions and love the person you are, regardless of forced beauty standards. You are unique and it is exactly how you should live your life.

  9. Not Saying ‘I Love You’ Enough

    Tenacity, pride, uncertainty- these are just some of the factors which prevent us from saying ’I love you’ when it counts. Life is too short to hold grudges, so go ahead, be brave to love those who love you back…and say it, too!

  10. Refusing to Listen to Your Parents

    What sounded as pushy at one point, turned out to be the best advice your parents ever gave you. Don’t waste a lifetime wondering whether your parents were right – you know they were, and they only mean the best for you.

  11. Feeling Egoistic

    Drop your ego on the floor and let beauty overwhelm your soul. By nurturing feelings like egoism and pride you only hurt your quality of life. Instead, understand that just as you matter, other people’s feelings matter as well.

  12. Doing More for Others Than Yourself

    If you dedicate your entire life to helping others only, you will learn you should have made yourself happy more. Because, when you are happy and satisfied, you can make others feel the same, too!

  13. Took too long to move on from past failures.

    You made mistakes along the way. Forgive yourself and move on. Wasting time being stuck in the past when you could have been living life joyfully is unproductive.

  14. Holding a Grudge

    Again, focusing on negative emotions will waste your life in vain. Instead of being angry at someone, resolve the conflict and make more room for love.

  15. Not Defending Who You Are

    If you don’t stand up for yourself when you need to, you will definitely feel regretful later in life.

  16. Not Giving Back to the Community

    How rewarding is it to know you have contributed to someone else’s happiness? That is why actively participating in your community can result in feeling more content with yourself later on.

  17. Not Looking Into Your Family Tree

    As we get older, memories begin to fade, and people leave us without sharing things that matter. Because of that, talk to your grandparents, parents, and relatives and learn what makes your family so uniquely beautiful.

  18. Working Overtime

    Work is important, but it is not the most important thing in your life. If you want to avoid feeling sad about overworking yourself when you were young, rebalance your priorities.

  19. Not Taking a Moment for Yourself

    Introducing humor and fun into your daily life will create memories to cherish for a lifetime. Stop being so serious, and do what makes you happy.

  20. Not Finishing What You Started

    If you fail to accomplish at least one of your dreams, it will all be due to your procrastination. Keep going, push through, you are about to make it.

  21. Hanging Out With the Wrong People

    Fake friends can be very harmful to your wellbeing and can exhaust you of your positive energy. Don’t spend your time with people who cannot appreciate you for you, and surround yourself with friends who know your worth.

  22. Feeling Guilty as a Parent

    Don’t feel guilty about not spending enough time with your kids, but put in the effort and make sure you are there for them as much as possible. Presence matters, even when life comes swinging at you.

  23. Caring about Other People’s Opinions

    This is one of those habits we cannot seem to let go of. Will it matter in five years from now? If not, it is not worth stressing over it. People will have their opinions, either way, you might as well do what makes you happy.

  24. Overusing Your Phone or Computer

    Addicted to technology, we tend to forget the real world and its beauty. Put the phone away, you’re your laptop off and join the wonderful world outside – it has so much more to offer!

  25. Taking People for Granted

    We lash out on those we love, but we practice kindness with strangers. We won’t be around for a long time, therefore love those closest to you – they deserve it the most!

  26. Not Trusting Your Intuition

    Your gut never lies, so if you want to save yourself regrets when older, learn to listen to that smart voice inside.

  27. Not Seeing Your Favorite Artists Live

    Music adds quality to our lives, so if you have a band you absolutely love – go see it! You won’t be forever young to make the most of your experiences, so no more ‘I’ll do it next time’ talk. Do it now.

  28. Not Following Your Dreams

    Whether it is love, career or moving house, you should always follow your dreams and not give up on them. Time goes by quickly and you won’t even realize when the dreams you so wished for, remained to be just dreams.

  29. Fearing Public Speeches

    Speaking out, and especially on things which matter, is very important. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction, knowing you were able to make an impact, whatever it may be.

  30. Not Visiting a Dying Friend or Relative

    When you have a limited amount of time to spend with someone, the universe gives you the chance to make the most of it. So, don’t hide from those who are parting ways with life, but make sure they are enjoying their last days surrounded by love.


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