70-year-olds reveal their biggest regrets and they all have one thing in common 262



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If you could go back and change one thing, what would it be?

They say in life you should live with no regrets, but it seems everyone has one. A group of 70-year-olds were recently asked what their biggest regret was, and the results are both surprising and also understandable.

The survey, carried out by Nationwide Building Society Savings, showed the most common regret was not having travelled more, which 33 per cent of those questioned admitted to.

31 per cent said they wished they had saved more money, no doubt realising now in their 70s that there are many things to explore and do.

But perhaps the most sad of the regrets was that 17 per cent of respondents said they wish they hadn’t lost touch with a friend of family member.

Another heartbreaking response came from 14 per cent of those surveyed. They regret letting the love of their life get away.

Meanwhile, one in seven – 14 per cent – said they had romantic regrets over “the one that got away”.

Other interesting data from the survey showed something else entirely: people in their 70s were able to get on the property ladder earlier than first-time buyers today.

Those surveyed were, on average, aged around 28 when they bought their first house compared to the current average age of a first-time buyer, which is 33.

It also found health was a worry for nearly half (49 per cent) of respondents, while just over one in three worried about saving money and 29 per cent were concerned about being able to pay their bills as they aged.

Tell us: What is your biggest regret? Do you think about it often or have you moved on?

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  1. My biggest regret is that my generation didn’t wake up to the way the government has gone so corrupt. We probably couldn’t have stopped it but I think we should have tried a bit harder, LOL.

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    • Government corruption is nothing new, however it is far worse these days than what it use to be. THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE.

    • I was a mechanic most of my working life. I was promoted to machinery inspector in 1980. This meant I had to join the public service. Man what an eye opener, enough said. I tried to do my job honestly and in this 5 years I seen enough corruption to curl your hair. I was forced out because I wouldn’t sign a crooked tender for state stores. I later inadvertently blew the whistle on corruption in the federal and local governments. This proved I was an idiot because my family have had everything from death threats and malicious damage for years. Tell me the government doesn’t lie to people, LOL.

    • Trish Daley : the ‘VOTE” is the accumulation of the MSM’s ‘pounding’ via its communications channels.. to ALL unsuspecting recipients who have NOT been paying attention.. ( because they have been distracted by the very same MSM.. … the ‘loop is complete’)

    • Eddie the public service is one of the most corrupt because they can get away with it. We saw that having to deal with them when we were in business and yes you have to be very careful, or you do end up being in all sorts of problems, and if labor is in power it is worse as they bring in the heavy guys from the unions to help.

    • Cheryl I am getting old in the leg. In the 70,s I was a shop steward in the metal trades, only because everyone else took one step back and I was silly enough not to move, LOL. I have never voted labor since except last election when there was no other choice. I have lived in rural areas most of my life and know what goes on with the LNP but at least they can handle money. The whole system is so crooked it needs to change but people don’t seem to care.

    • The LNP have doubled the debt Eddie, they can handle money alright, they are spending it like water, as long as they are not footing the bill

    • Yep, that’s why I am being told to get out of the shire I live in. I didn’t realize what was going on and I inadvertently blew the whistle on how the LNP have been rigging the votes for years, worth a mint to them.

    • I’m not wasting my time worrying about government. We are so much better off in this country regardless of who is in power.

  2. My biggest regret waiting 46 years to leave my husband I should have done it the first Xmas day when he went out after lunch no row all fine he went to a party WE were supposed to go to and came back in the early hours with no explanation ever I should have learnt then what I was in for. We had been married 3 months.

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  3. Put all regrets out of your mind, lock the in a space in your brain you can never access, we have lived our lives in the best way we can and you can’t go back to the past to undo mistakes..just be happy that you are the very nice person that you are 🙂

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    • Totally agree Libbi, regrets are pointless and I think can lead to depression. Look forward not back.

    • Well said Libbi,why waste anymore time on something that’s finished with,took me awhile but I got there.I enjoy my life on my own with my family and friends, I have no need for a man.

    • Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again too few to mention…..(as the song goes). Yes, look forwards not backwards….life is too short.
      I married a service man so saw a fair bit of the world; one city is much like another and the grass is not always greener!

    • Yes, we learn to soldier on. I guess my regret is that I wasn’t able to travel when my husband retired due to his illness. :'(

    • Agree with these sentiments – Travel they say broadens the mind and is wonderful – but you do not have to have travelled to be engaged in life and have an open mind – You have everything it takes to make you ‘well travelled’ without perhaps ever having ventured far – Be involved, be interested, think for yourself – Besides I think we overlook the fact that Australia is a wonderful place to explore and travel….I have had a little overseas travel but have been fortunate to see most of our wonderful country – I find amongst my well-overseas -travelled friends that they think it is a little uninteresting and ‘unexciting’ to travel locally – In my experience nothing could be further from the truth…

    • Agree with you Kay, have enjoyed seeing our Country the last few years. So beautiful and interesting places to see.

  4. I am 76 and have been very lucky (due to my husbands work)to have lived and traveled to many countries. It was certainly an experience and made realise how lucky I am to be living in Western Australia.

  5. Strangely I have 2 concerns about death- the first is leaving my wife to cope on her own and to a lesser extent my son who has mental health issues.
    The second is (which might be regarded as strange) what happens to all the bits and pieces I have accumulated over the years.

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    • I too have many bits and pieces which my children either don’t like or have no room for.I have started reluctantly giving them to op shops, and actually don’t miss them now.Bonus is a good feeling of having de-cluttered.

  6. Not having more children. I married a man who had 2 children &I we brought them up. I had a daughter &I we decided 3 was enough. However he died when she was 12 & in hindsight it would have been better if she had a closer sibling. I don’t dwell on it as we have a lovely relationship.

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  7. Yes my biggest regret is putting up with a really bad relationship and not leaving sooner now im free i have travelled the world and i am content

  8. No regrets, no point in that, we are usually where we are meant to be in life at any given time. Hell I’ve learnt so much, wouldn’t change a thing🙂❤️💚💜💛

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