21 Regrets That Every Person Should Have In Life

Regrets are part of life and no matter what we try and do there will always be something that we've missed out on. It could be to do with a relationship or even your career path. It's a natural part of life and sometimes we just have to accept things and move on with our lives. So if you have any of these regrets remember that we're all in the same boat and no matter what, everyone

21) Not having a plan in life

Some people know exactly what they want to do with their lives from an early age, for others it takes a while to pin it down. You would be surprised at the amount of people who end up down a completely different career path than they expected. If you have an open mind you never know where you might end up. Keep your options open and you will be glad you didn't end up working in that office job you know you'd hate.

20) Not seeing enough of the world

So for one reason or another you didn't take a year out like the rest of your friends. You start to regret it when you see all their amazing pictures of them In Kenya or Australia. There is still time to see the world, maybe it's a good thing that you didn't go straight away because instead you found out what you're passionate about...


19) Giving up too easily

There are times in life where we give up on something way too easily. Often people that are seen to stick things out are seen as having a stronger mind than those that quit. If there is one good thing that comes out of giving up too easily, it's that it gives you a clean slate. You get a chance to think things over and starting again can give you a new perspective on things that you didn't know existed.

18) Not having the latest tech

We all get jealous and have regrets about not having the newest bit if tech on the market. Whether it's an iPhone or a tablet, at the end of the day you don't really need them. Sure, it would be great if you had them, but you don't need to waste your money on the latest trends, eventually it will become obsolete.


17) Growing apart from one of your close friends

As you get older you start to realise the kind of people you want to be around and that maybe you need to lose some of the dead weight. These things happen and sometimes it's best just to end ties with someone that you have grown apart from. You may regret it at first because of all the good times you spent together, but in the long run you will realise that they were really only holding you back.

16) Not saving your money

When you get your first job you tend to go a bit overboard with spending. You're not used to that amount of money and end up buying some things you know you shouldn't. Over time though you will learn how to budget and you will appreciate the money you get when you're living away from home.


15) The one that got away

We all have the person that you were in a relationship with for a long time and then you just grew apart. As you dwell on it, you start to think that maybe it was a mistake to break up with them. These things happen and although you might have feelings for them you can still move on, just keep them as a memento.

14) Being indecisive at the wrong time

We all get tested in life and sometimes during the heat of the moment we freeze up and don't know what to do. Stress can do a lot of things to us, so it's normal to be unsure when something tough gets put on your plate. All you can do is learn from your mistakes and next time you might make the right decision.


13) Not sticking up for yourself when you know you should

After you have an argument with someone it always seems like you think of a thousand things you could have said. Sometimes we don't stick up for ourselves as much as we should. Let it go and don't dwell on it because life is too short to worry about silly arguments.

12) Holding back about something

Everyone has that moment where they know they could have given 100 per cent,  but for some reason or another you didn't. You wonder why you didn't care about if enough to commit, but you just couldn't. It could be a sign that deep down you weren't actually invested in what you were doing and maybe it just wasn't right for you.


11) Not saying it like it is

You know you should say something to someone, but you know they will hate you for it. Sometimes people need to hear the truth, but if you're not the one that says it to them odds are someone else will down the line. Let them deal with the drama that comes after it, instead of you.

10) Drunk texts

We've all had times where we are a little drunk and said some things we didn't mean. It can help to put perspective on things no matter how dumb it may have sounded. You can read a lot into those texts, if it was your ex it means you were most likely horny, but if it's to your friends it shows that you're comfortable enough with them to literally tell them everything on your mind.


9) Staying In

For those nights that you decided to stay in, maybe it was better that you didn't end up being broke with a terrible hangover. You will see all the photos of your friends having a great time the next day, but you should learn to enjoy your alone time as much as you do socialising.

8) Not eating healthily

We all have our guilty pleasures that we indulge in from time to time, but we know we can't have them all the time. The media is constantly bombarding us with images of how we should look. As long as you don't only eat rubbish all the time then you'll be fine, don't obsess over every calorie. Obsess about feeling great instead.


7) Not going with your gut feeling

Our instincts are one of the most powerful tools that we have, and more often than not they're right. If you get a bad feeling about something, it's better to back away and remove yourself from the situation. Over time you learn to spot when there is something wrong and maybe next time you get that feeling, go with it.

6) Failing to see when something is too good to be true

Our minds do this thing where they build up situations and cling on to even the smallest bit of hope. Even when we know that something is too good to be true, we still trick ourselves into believing it will happen. Next time you will see through the smoke screen and you will steer clear of it.


5) Waiting for too long

Sometimes you just need to make a decision instead of waiting around all the time. Whether this comes to waiting to break things off with someone or even waiting for things to happen with someone. At the end of the day life will pass you by if you're always just waiting for things to happen. Go out and make things happen!

4) Not being selfish

If you're in a relationship that's going nowhere sometimes you have to make the hard decision. There is no point in stringing someone along when you're getting nothing out of it. Sometimes you have to be the one to make the seemingly selfish decision, no matter how you may look, it's better for you in the end.


3) Comparing yourself to others

We all do it and there is nothing to be ashamed about, we see things in other people and liken them to ourselves. There is a difference between comparing yourself to someone and trying to be like them. We lose our identity when we try to be like someone else, so just do you.

2) Caring too much about what people think of you

We are programmed to thrive on other people's opinions so there is no shame valuing what they say. Don't let what other people say control you, it's your life so don't let others dictate how you should live it. The only person that has control over it is you, so do what you want to do.

1) Not getting to say goodbye

Whether it's your friends that moved abroad or a relative that passed away too soon,  don't dwell too much on not getting to say goodbye. Like a great story, it's not the ending that counts, it's the journey along the way. Just remember who they were and what they stood for and that's the memory you will have of them.

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Kenneth Fox
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I'm a musician and a writer, or a writer and a musician, I can't make up my mind, Either way I'm not particularly good at either. A bit of an old fashioned guy, who enjoys the simpler things in life, nothing fancy.

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