50 Most Common Regrets People Have in Life

50 Most Common Regrets People Have in Life

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 9th October 2019

This is a list of 50 Most Common Regrets People Have in Their 50s

With the experience of life I have to say in your 40s, 60s 70s and throughout however many years you live. Certainly, I can tick many of the boxes here.

And for younger people take heed and avoid the regrets. (You won’t because we were warned and still let the regrets happen.)

In an ideal world, by the time we hit 50, most of us would have exponentially more items on our list of accomplishments than on our list of regrets. Unfortunately, for many of us, that’s not the case. In fact, according to one study, nearly one-third of all adults surveyed admitted to having a major life regret, with most admitting that, if they had more time, they’d make some major changes, both personally and professionally. If you’re wondering how to make your life happier and avoid being plagued by disappointment, read on to discover the most common regrets people have in their 50s.



  1. Ending Relationships With People You Loved
  2. Not Being More Adventurous
  3. Wasting Time Hating Your Body
  4. Trying to Live Up to Your Parents’ Expectations
  5. Not Eating Healthier
  6. Taking Life Too Seriously
  7. Not Traveling More
  8. Holding Onto Grudges
  9. Not Standing Up For Yourself
  10. Worrying About Other People’s Opinions
  11. Prioritizing Practicality Over Fun
  12. Not Attending to Your Health
  13. Quitting School
  14. Not Accomplishing More
  15. Working Too Much
  16. Not Telling People You Love Them
  17. Ignoring Your Instincts
  18. Being an Inattentive Partner
  19. Not Taking Vacations
  20. Getting Divorced
  21. Letting Friendships Fizzle Out
  22. Missing Out on the Little Moments
  23. Not Saving More
  24. Not Trying to Land That Dream Job
  25. Being Unkind
  26. Not Doing More For Others
  27. Not Seeing Someone Before They Died
  28. Not Appreciating Your Youth
  29. Not Being More Romantic
  30. Muting Your Real Personality
  31. Not Spending More Time With Your Kids
  32. Missing Out on Investment Opportunities
  33. Not Admitting Your Feelings For Someone
  34. Being Ungrateful
  35. Not Asking That Person Out
  36. Setting Aside Your Passions
  37. Not Being More Present
  38. Not Appreciating Your Body
  39. Spending Too Much Time Worrying
  40. Being Inattentive to Your Kids
  41. Not Getting to Know People Better
  42. Letting the Passion Die
  43. Not Standing Up For Other People
  44. Spending Too Little Time With Your Parents
  45. Acting Your Age

In our desire to be responsible adults, many of us wind up missing out on a lot of life’s fun. And while it may be nice to have that white picket fence and nuclear family, never letting your inner child out to play is a serious source of regret for many people.

  1. Forcing Your Opinions on Your Children
  2. Not Being More Spontaneous
  3. Not Apologizing More
  4. Ignoring Your Personal Happiness
  5. Not Leaving a Legacy

While it’s hard to know what people will say about you when you’re gone, many people will admit that not considering their legacy was a serious oversight. Whether you wish you had had children, wish you had done more for the planet, or simply wish you had been kinder in life, the thought that people might have less-than-fond memories of you—or worse yet, no memories at all—can fill a person with regret. Luckily, at 50, you still have plenty of time to change your legacy for good.




You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.  –  Ansel Adams


Happiness is…having no regrets


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The librarian said, “yes all of them”.


Love is…a feeling to treasure


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