25 Most Commons Regrets People Have In Life

Work Too Much

Work Too Much

A lot of us feel that pressure to get ahead at work and take a good shot at a career since we've only got one life. But the same thing is worth keeping in mind when you think of your family and friends - the things that make us truly happy.

Not Standing Up To Bullies

Not Standing Up To Bullies

It might sound a little strange that adults would live to regret things that happened to them when they were far younger, but somehow, people who are bullied in school seem to carry that with them throughout life. Whether they become the bully later in life try and take the power back, or they simply allow themselves to always be the victim of adult bullying, this is certainly one of the biggest regrets for the people it affects.



Not Staying In Touch With Friends

Not Staying In Touch With Friends

A lot of us feel that pressure to get ahead at work and take a good shot at a career since we've only got one life. But the same thing is worth keeping in mind when you think of your family and friends - the things that make us truly happy.

Forget The Phone

Forget The Phone

Another huge regret people have is they wish they'd turned their phone off more often. We're all aware of how much of a role that phones play in our lives now and how that might detract from the personal relationships we have, or simply distract us from the better things we could be doing, and yet, we usually only come to the realization that we don't need it as much as we sometimes think, once we've lost something personal and important.



Breaking Up With A True Love

Breaking Up With A True Love

Of course, you can't help it if they dumped you. I mean, let's be honest, if you find yourself being the dumpee, then they weren't really your true love no matter how much you'd wished it to be the case. The biggest regret some people have is not having the guts to be with the one they were supposed to be with (and the one who wanted to be with them) because of things like career or some other type of circumstance.

Worrying About What Others Think

Worrying About What Others Think

There are people in your life whose thoughts and opinions do matter, if only to a certain extent. Then, there are those who don't really matter at all. Not knowing the difference is a major regret for many, as is giving too much credence to those that do matter, but not to the extent they're given. Does that make sense?

The point is, don't allow yourself to get to the end of your life and be burdened with the fear that you lived it for someone else and not yourself. That's when the story of your life truly becomes a tragedy.



Not Having Enough Confidence

Not Having Enough Confidence

Everyone on the planet will lack a bit of confidence at some point (except Donald Trump, of course). The secret is to push through it and tell yourself you'll be okay so you don't become one of the people who never had the guts to achieve their goals, and let the inner voice tell them they weren't good enough.

Living The Life Your Parents Wanted

Living The Life Your Parents Wanted

This barely needs any explanation. If you haven't experienced this then you've either got a friend who has, or you've seen a movie - it's a major theme in life and art. In a way, it's kind of the same thing as a lack of confidence, only people specifically feel this pressure from their parents.



Not Getting That Dream Job

Not Getting That Dream Job

Lots of people have that "dream job" but sadly, far fewer ever actually get it. Of course, much of this is down to competition but just as much is down to the other things which stand in the way; children, a partner who refuses to move to a different city, lack of confidence.

If you don't try to achieve your dreams, they'll go to someone else. Rarely do your dreams come looking for you.

Taking Life Too Seriously

Taking Life Too Seriously

There many things in life that can seem serious. In fact, some of them even are. However, if we were able to take a step back and analyze them in the context of our whole lives when they happen, we'd see that most were merely road bumps not worth getting too worked up about.

Then there's simply finding the humor in life, or learning to be happy. Why is it that when we get to adulthood, we're no allowed to relax and have a laugh as much anymore? So many people grow to regret thinking that responsibility in adulthood equates to 24/7 game face at the expense of happiness.



Not Taken More Trips With The Family

Not Taken More Trips With The Family

Or even trips with friends. This again is about not recognizing that life is there to enjoy until you've already lived most of it. Some of the best memories we ever create are from vacations and road trips with the people closest to us.

Letting A Marriage Break Down

Letting A Marriage Break Down

These days, if a marriage isn't going well, people tend to get divorced a little more often than they used to. Okay, so a lot more often. While it might sound like a good thing to have that choice (and who are we to stand in the way of someone else's happiness?), the fact is that, when all is said, done and made final, so many people regret not trying just that little bit harder to make it work.



Not Teaching Your Kids Stuff

Not Teaching Your Kids Stuff

I guess this just comes down to spending more time with the kids, which seems to be a major regret for many who have them. It's a pretty self-explanatory one, isn't it?

Ending Old Grievances

Ending Old Grievances

This seems to be another of those major regrets. So much so that you often see it as a featured theme in movies, or in songs by Mike and the Mechanics. Don't let somebody die or move forever out of your life and then look back and think, "I wish I'd said sorry".



Not Trusting The Voice In Your Head

Not Trusting The Voice In Your Head

Well, obviously not trusting the voice in your head can be a good thing if that voice happens to be telling you that the next door neighbor is the devil and that the only way to save the world from eternal damnation is to kill them all with a knife. In that case, you should definitely not listen to the voice in your head. Instead, you should visit a mental facility.

It's more about doing something through apathy when the voice in your head (known as instinctive best judgment)  tells you there's something wrong.

Not Asking Him Or Her Out

Not Asking Him Or Her Out

It's one of the scariest things you'll ever do because the thought of being rejected is so damn daunting. We get it. Most of us have been there. Do it anyway.



Having The Wrong Friends

Having The Wrong Friends

There are many different reasons why we could fall in with the wrong crowd. Sometimes, we might feel rejected by others and end up spending too much time with people who simply don't have our best interests at heart. This can sometimes porve very detrimental to success and happiness.

Not Finishing A Degree

Not Finishing A Degree

A degree doesn't always mean success and not having one doesn't mean failure. But even those who have achieved a whole lot through hard work and dedication, sometimes feel as though they'll somehow be caught out for a fraud if they don't have the degree to go with their achievements.



Making The Practical Choice

Making The Practical Choice

You know how some people will take the accountant job even though what they really want to do is pack up and go become a professional dancer? Yeah, that sort of thing....

Not Spending More Time With The Kids

Not Spending More Time With The Kids

This is one area of life where perhaps the old "quality over quantity" does apply. So many parents regret not spending more time with their kids when they get a bit older.



Not Taking Care Of Health

Not Taking Care Of Health

This is like when there's a car accident at an intersection and that's when they put in traffic lights. Your health is mostly taken for granted until it starts failing. It's then that it becomes an issue. But you're always playing catch-up from there because it's a slippery slope. So many people wish they could go back and take care of their health when they had a chance.

Not Having The Stones To Get Up nd Talk At A Funeral Or Wedding

Not Having The Stones To Get Up nd Talk At A Funeral Or Wedding

Yeah we know that, for many of us, public speaking is a nightmare. But these opportunities don't come along often. If you truly love the people involved, then you should probably make the most of the chance, right?



Not Visiting A Friend Before They Die

Not Visiting A Friend Before They Die

An old friend is still friend, and they only die once.

Not Learning Another Language

Not Learning Another Language

This might seem like a strange one when compared to many of the other things on this list which appear far more important, but this remains a major regret for many when they get a bit older. Learning a new language is a challenge but an incredibly worthwhile and rewarding one.



Becoming A Parent

Becoming A Parent

Even if there are people who actually regret becoming parents, you're not really allowed to say it. Even Jeffrey Dahmer's parents still spoke to him!

But the opposite happens quite often. Many people nowadays choose not have children, instead focusing on career, travel, or just doing whatever it is that they want to do with their time. While there's absolutely nothing wrong with making that decision, unfortunately, many of them go on to regret not knowing the joys of parenthood.