Published in Oct 2018 / Updated in Aug 2021
In life, people make a lot of choices that are full of surprises. The sad thing is that you can never know what could have happened if you made different choices in life. Have you ever imagined being at your funeral? What would people say about you? People die with a lot of regrets, and the truth is, no life will ever be completely free from regrets. Without saying much, here are 20 things people regret before they die.
1. Had time for people they love
Today, the world’s economy is growing leaving people with no option but to work day and night to meet the bills. Hence, many people find it difficult to secure time and be with people they love such as friends and family. This lifestyle leaves many regretful before they die and wishing they had spent enough time with people who mean the world to them.
2. Worried less
Worrying is normal for every human being. However, there is an extent to which the worry should reach. Many people regret having worried so much in their life, and it shouldn’t be the case.
3. Forgiven more
Forgiveness is one act that many people find hard to give. Sadly, it hits you when you’ve less time to be on earth that you should have forgiven all those who wronged you. Forgiving and letting go relieves your heart and allows you to have peace of mind.
4. They wish they had stood up for themselves
There is nothing more frustrating than dying knowing you were a failure. It is one thing that most dying people regret. All they ask themselves is why they had kept quiet to be bullied or silenced by others. Therefore, you should learn to handle your battles to avoid regretting them later.
5. They were honest
As religious people always say, honesty is the surest path. There is nothing that can be more saddening than dying knowing you lived a false life. Many people find themselves regretting having lived a life full of falsehood. Don’t be among them. Forgive anyone who wrongs you and let go.
6. They had worked less
Most individuals find themselves regretting dedicating all their time to work. Before dying, all they wish was that they had tried to balance their workload and the rest of their lives.
7. Caring less about people’s thoughts
People will always have opinions. However, this doesn’t mean that you should pay attention to each one of them. After all, they don’t share your reality. So, unless you wish to end up regretting it, you should care less about others’ opinions.
8. Living up to their full potential
There is nothing more regretful than settling for life below what you’re capable of living. Before dying, most people find themselves wishing they had lived up to their aspirations, and not down to others’ expectations.
9. Faced their fears
As professionals always say, life is the distance between one’s greatest fear and greatest desire. So, it’s either you choose to follow your desire or live to regret not facing your fears.
10. They had stopped chasing the wrong things
There is nothing that can be more frustrating than knowing you had spent too much time chasing the wrong things. Most people find themselves regretting wasting time on the wrong things. Don’t be among them. Always give the right things the chance to catch you.
11. They had lived in the moment
Today, and with their busy schedules, most people find themselves focused on the past and the future. As a result, they neglect the present and thus end up regretting it before their death. You should make a difference. Learn to embrace every moment and make it worth counting.
12. They had pursued their passion in life
You can be in a good job and have all the money, but at what expense? Is that what you want? You should follow your passion in life to avoid those last-minute regrets.
13. Their last conversation wasn’t an argument
Life is unpredictable. You never know when will be the last time you speak to someone you love. Those last-minute moments stick to people’s minds forever. Thus, many people find themselves regretting if their last conversation was an argument.
14. They had let their kids be who they want to be
At times, it’s right to make decisions related to your children’s life. However, there is an extent to which you shouldn’t surpass. Let your kids grow up to be who they want to be. Let them make some decisions that are important to them.
15. They had traveled more
Traveling is good for the mind and soul. It’s a good way to enjoy new places and things. Many factors such as money can influence the inability to take trips. However, there is nothing that can leave you more regretful than knowing you had a chance to travel, but you never took it. So, you shouldn’t hesitate when an opportunity to visit a new place comes knocking.
16. They had taken care of themselves
Health complications trigger many deaths. Most of these complications can be prevented in one way or another. As a result, many people find themselves regretting that they never took good care of themselves. Don’t be among them. Live a healthy life. Go to the gym daily and eat healthily. Also, reduce your stress levels.
17. They had more time
There is nothing that can be more saddening than knowing time isn’t on your side, and there is nothing you can do. Before death, many people wish they had more time to get their lives together and enjoy even the little things.
18. They had lived a happy life
Living a happy life is essential. Life is full of ups and downs. Often, it can be hard to find happiness. Many people realize that happiness is something that they can control, but not until it’s too late. Therefore, know how to seek your happiness.
19. They had done more for other people
In this world, people are meant to live with one another in harmony and help where they can. However, at times, you may find yourself wishing you had done more for other people. When dying, many people regret not doing much to help other people. Therefore, learn to assist others while you have the ability.
20. They had revealed their feelings
When did you last say the three important words, ‘I love you?’ Sharing a feeling you’ve towards someone is essential. As stated, life can be unpredictable, so let people know what you feel about them before it’s too late.
Life is too short and unpredictable. Read these regrets carefully and introduce them into your life. Don’t be among those individuals who end up regretting little things they could have done right.