The top five regrets of over 60s 61



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While Edith Piaf may have boldly sung about having no regrets, according to a survey, over-60s spend at least five minutes a day thinking about the things we wish we’d done.

A British company asked 2000 people about their lives so far and compiled the following top five regrets.

Top five regrets for over-60s

  1. Not travelling and seeing more of the world
  2. Not staying in touch with more friends
  3. Wasting years with the wrong partner
  4. Not working harder at school
  5. Not telling a lost relative that they loved them

The survey also asked about the things in the course of their lives that have made over-60s most proud. The top five results, as revealed by are:

  1. Getting married
  2. Passing their driving test
  3. Friendships
  4. Travelling
  5. Finishing university

Bearing in mind the research was conducted by a travel company, the answers to both questions may seem a little, shall we say, top-level.

I’m reminded of a beautiful piece writing by Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She wrote a very different list, which became a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

How do these “top fives” compare to how you feel about your life? Do you have any regrets? Can you turn any of these regrets into goals? 

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  1. yep thats why we quit the Corp world and focusing on #1 and continuous travel #rtw and ticking of the no regrets #totraveltoo is our destiny

  2. Spend your money on living and enjoyment and leave the balance of assets at a level to enable subsidised care if required. Unless you have a trust up and running surplus funds will cost you in the end.

  3. None of those. I was an only child and we moved a lot with my fathers work so I went to 7 schools. With work I was the exception as I worked for 17 multinationals duriung my working life and the house in which I at present is number 19. Will I move again? Maybe. B|

  4. Yeah, I regret not traveling as much as I would have liked to when I was younger, but with job-changes due to layoffs and the average 2-week vacation in the US, we did more than many of our fellow workers.

  5. No regrets, had a great life with my late husband , have beautiful children & grandchildren , love my job & friends. I am fortunate that I have good health & have very busy days & can still travel which is my passion. Life is too short not to embrace it. Remember you cannot change the pass you cannot predict the future but you can do something about today . try doing this it will make a difference.

  6. I am still having a great life, travelling, seeing friends, doing volunteer work that makes a difference.

  7. In retrospect, and only briefly, I feel I should have been MORE true to myself. Make better choices at the time and trust instincts rather than advice. Life is good and am throughly enjoying it.

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    • Joan, so true. Apparently most people on their death bed look back & wish just have you have said

  8. All good in hindsight. No regrets maybe one or two but I don’t dwell on it.

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    • I don’t really regret any decision I made because at the time, it seemed to be the right, or only possible decision. If there had been other alternatives, maybe I would have taken them.

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