Old people share with us their biggest regrets in life


Not putting yourself out there.

This isn’t just to do with relationships, it’s about life, man. Going out and living it while you can. One elderly person said:

“Letting fear hold me back. Not taking enough risks or acting on chances. The best things in my life have come from insane impulse.”

Not sharing what’s on your mind.

Now more than ever, people are encouraging everyone to speak their mind. Keeping your feelings to yourself can not only harm you mentally, it can leave you with regrets. This isn’t just based on sad thoughts, either. Expressing your love to those around you is highly encouraged.

“Unless you believe in séances, you can’t go back and ask for forgiveness, apologize, express gratitude, or even get information from somebody who has died,” One man said.

Not travelling enough

Travel is rewarding. That’s the end of the story. While you’re still able, get up and move, go to another country, experience another culture. You’d be surprised what good it does for you. In an interview with elderly people on their life regrets, Karl Pillemer said:

“Even people who had done a lot of globetrotting would finish their interview with him by leaning forward and wistfully saying something like, ‘But I never got to Japan.’”

So, what’re you waiting for? Get out there and do something memorable.

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