14 Shocking Things That Cause Regrets At Old Age

14 Shocking Things That Cause Regrets At Old Age

Young people are usually full of energy and vitality. At a young age we are bound to face so many things and the choice we make at this stage plays vital role in determining our destiny.

 At young age, we tend to make various choices without the future in mind. Sometimes those choices leave us with regrets in our mid-life. 

The following are some of the things one might regret when they’re older.

1. Marrying the wrong person

When you’re young, check your motives for marrying. Don’t marry to copy your peers, or for social standing or out of pressure. Marry for love and companionship, marry the right person, marry your best friend. For if you marry the wrong person or for the wrong reasons, you will have to put up with that person the rest of your life. Things might get worse between you two; then depression, physical abuse, affairs, pain, shame, court cases, bitterness will define your mid-life years all because you chose the wrong one. Things will get worse when children are involved. Make the right choice of a spouse when you are young.

2. The opportunities you did not seize

When you are younger many doors will open, you will get many chances. Many young people let these opportunities go because of fear, laziness, or pride; yet well younger and with more energy is the best time to start a venture and a name for yourself. Some think the opportunities are too big for them. Take advantage of them or one day when you’re older you will want to go back and grab those missed chances.

3. The bridges you burned

When we are younger, we care little for relationships, what most think about is getting money and moving up the ladder of success at all cost. Many use and trample on people to progress, they take relationships for granted, messing up bonds, sleeping with people for personal gain. But these bad actions will catch up with you ahead. When you will realize how empty life is without love and friends. When you will have success but no one around you or no one to trust you.

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4. The child you aborted

You are a young lady, you get pregnant and you are scared. You take the aborting option quickly thinking of that moment then. But when you are much older, you will look back and wish you kept that baby. When you will be rich and successful you will wish that child you gave up on would be around to enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Being a single mother doesn’t mean you can’t make it in life or you can’t find a man in future.

5. The child you rejected

Young man, you impregnated a woman, she told you she’s pregnant with your child. You rejected her and the baby and ran. But years later when you’re 50 something, you will wish you were responsible, you will wish you manned up and became a father to that child. You will see that child excel and become an adult but will have no claim to that grown child who you rejected from the beginning. You will regret being a Dead Beat Dad by choice

6. The marriage you destroyed

So you get married to your good fiance; the first months in marriage were good but shortly after, with your money and charm, you started having affairs. You became unfaithful. Your spouse begged you to stop, your children started hurting, your marriage was collapsing. One day when you are older, it will hit you how foolish you were to destroy the good marriage you had began to build for mere temporary thrills in affairs that did you no good. You will realize the damage you caused to your children and spouse.

7. The God you disowned

When you are much older you become wiser, God becomes more real as you see life in a more meaningful way. But don’t wait to get older to start enjoying a relationship with God. Know God when you are young, build your future with God. Don’t be a young rebel who runs back to God when age catches up.

8. The body you messed up

You have only one body to live with all your life. The cigarettes, the alcohol you are abusing, the drugs you are taking, the unhealthy food you’re consuming; all that will destroy you slowly. When you are 50 and lifestyle diseases catch up with you, you will wish you took care of your body when younger, that you exercised more; but now the damage is done.

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9. The time you wasted

14 Shocking Things That Cause Regrets At Old Age

The time you are wasting when younger in worry, wrong relationships, laziness, being a couch potato, giving excuses and pursuing meaningless things; you will never get it back.

10. The dreams and talents you shelved

Are you talented when young; are there things you love to do and you are good at them? Nurture those talents, exploit them, don’t give up even if you encounter set backs, don’t give up on your dreams. If you give up, when you’re older you will look at your peers who stuck to what they love and made it and think to self, “That could have been me”. Pursue a career, study a course you love. Don’t waste years of your life in a field that doesn’t fulfill you.

11. The name you defamed

When you are older, a legacy is very important, the value of your name is crucial. You will ask yourself what is your reputation, what are you leaving behind? Your legacy is a sum total of your actions since youthful days. We write our biography by how we live life everyday. When you look back your path and you see the mud you threw at your own name, the shame you attracted and the little value you have added to the world; you will regret.

12. The wealth you threw away

Are you riding on good money during your productive years? Earning good money? Don’t throw away that money in clubs, reckless living and wasteful shopping. Invest with that money, widen your revenue stream, make that money work for you and keep it safe to take care of you in your older years. Leave an inheritance for your loved ones so that you will never say “I wish I knew better”

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13. The good love that got away

Is there that great person in your life loving you good? Don’t push that person away, or else that person will walk out your life and you will never ever find someone that incredible and who connects with you all your life. It will torment you to grow older with thoughts of “What if I was still with that person?”

14. The parent you despised

When younger, it is easy to show contempt to your parents; what do your parent’s know? They are old-fashioned, shady and small -minded. But your parents are still your parents whether you agree with them or not, whatever their style. Don’t let your parent die or age separated from you, reconcile and make up. When you get older, you will realize why your parents wanted to be close to you. The older you get, the more you see the value.
Thanks for reading

Read quietly then share it with others:

To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:


20 thoughts on “14 Shocking Things That Cause Regrets At Old Age

  1. Abortions seem to be a perennial source of conflict. No wonder, when it concerns life itself. But, a broader look has merit. Each woman has a high potential to give birth over her life. Some have had 10 to 15 children. Did all those women who chose not to bear that many children thereby commit a moral wrong? Whether a child is not born due either to an abortion or to sexual abstinance does not alter the reality that a potential long human life never came to reality. Some of the frequent moralizing involves relying on the supposed moment that a life is created. That, too, is complex. Each sperm, each egg is half of a potential life. In fact, is life, however brief. Conception results in oblivion for the affected cell and egg that must thereby merge and lose individual identiy. As one who dislikes the need for abortion, a better approach seems to be better contraceptions. The perfect contraception would be one that could pass review by the multitude of religiouns that have diverse views of their own regarding this controversial topic.

  2. I am pleased to be the ripe old age of 58 and I don’t have any of these regrets except for wasting time in my 20s. Now, today, I give myself time to enjoy the day, the air, my healthy body, the classical music I hear as I type this, good food, a beautiful partner with whom i fall more and more in love with each day. I only wish I had managed myself better in my 20s and 30s, meaning my career, I would have tried different things, but overall, I’m in pretty good shape, and I’m glad I left my wife 8 years ago, maybe she’s not glad, but I gave her every chance and it was in one ear and out the other until finally I had to leave.

  3. I aborted two babies with two different women and don’t have a single regret. I was given zero education about condoms, babies or anything else to do with sex and if you don’t educate your boy and girls like him, guess what? He’s going to get one of them pregnant. As for the women I impregnated, one married a very wealthy man and the other committed suicide 3 years ago. No regrets.

  4. Good advice for young people to ponder, since at that stage of life they have the opportunity to make the choices that will make for a happy and successful life.
    I am surprised by those who say they have no regrets. I was thinking that it’s pretty hard to get through life without some regret.

  5. If you regret doing anything in life you miss the point of life. It’s not about knowing, it’s about not-knowing. And discovering. And Being curious. Not avoiding pain. There’s not point in living life if you know the future. That’s what makes it life. Otherwise it’s dead. It’s done. Because you don’t know what the future will hold, you have no way of knowing what will happen and that’s what makes it worth living. Regrets are a way of not living life and not forgiving yourself for not knowing the future. They are pointless and sharing them doesn’t help anyone.

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