15 People Over 60 Share The Things That They Feel They ‘Should Have Done That Differently’

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Do you ever make a decision wondering, “will I regret this later?” It’s easy to choose to do things when you’re in the moment, but when you look back on life years from now, you don’t want to have any regrets.

So how can you prevent that? One Redditor decided to ask people 60 and up their biggest ‘should have done that differently’ moments in life were. And man, did they deliver. Here are the best responses to keep tucked in your back pocket so you don’t make the same mistakes.

  1. Don’t Worry About Judgment

    “I’m 62. Do what you want and don’t worry about what others think. You want to try that new restaurant but have no one to go with? Go alone and enjoy yourself! Overweight but not swimming because of how you look in a swimsuit? Who cares? Swim your heart out! Mouthing hymns in church because you sing off key? Sing loud and make a joyful noise!”

  2. Start a 401K Early

    “I will be 64 tomorrow 7-25-2020. I wish I had saved for retirement.”

  3. Travel

    “Spend money on experiences, like traveling, instead of spending money on things to acquire. Likewise, if given the choice to experience something new or staying at home where it’s safe, experience something new.”

  4. Be Kind

    “Be kind. Regardless of how anyone treats you or what anyone says, be kind. You can walk away, disagree, and/or not respect someone who doesn’t deserve it, but do it kindly. Be argumentative or getting butt hurt or cursing and yelling only serves to make you feel worse later.”

  5. Be Careful With Credit Cards

    “Don’t spend more than you can afford. It’s much harder to undo 40+ years of crap than it is to avoid in the first place.”

  6. Take Care of Your Body

    “It’s easy to do things in your teens, 20s, and 30s that come back to bite you in the butt when you’re in your 50s 60s and 70s.”

  7. Marry Well—Or Stay Single

    “Choose your life partner wisely. Or don’t choose one at all.”

  8. It’s Never Too Late to Learn a New Skill

    “My dad started learning a new skill for a new job and stopped 10 years ago. He’s pushing 70 and regretting not making the effort.”

  9. Leave the Job You Hate

    “My dad was 51 when he passed away in 2007 of colorectal cancer. He said he should have left his job years ago. He said he was so miserable the last 5 years there. It was wasted time when he could have been doing something he enjoyed. His job was a small family company whom he worked for 23 years. They treated him like absolute sh*t throughout his cancer ordeal.”

  10. Do What You Want (Not What Others Want)

    “Always make decisions for yourself, what would be best for you. Choosing things according to friends, relationship and family will cost you opportunities and you will have regrets. They may support you for awhile at your low but if your entire life becomes a mess they won’t be able to help you.”

  11. Cherish Your Kids With They’re Little

    “Even though they are exhausting…they grow up way too fast.”

  12. Take Care of Yourself

    “Go to the dentist at least once a year. Do some sort of exercise a few times a week, just walking is enough. Quit Facebook.”

  13. Learn to Be Flexible

    “I had this idea that being older meant things would slow down and life would be more calm and predictable. Wrong. The chaos of life never stops and when you’re older you can’t even take your existence for granted. The older people I know that struggle the most are stubborn. They can’t roll with the punches and their world becomes small and depressing.”

  14. Prioritize Your Favorite Things

    “Make some time to do the things that make you happy. Nobody goes to their grave wishing they had spent more time at work.”

  15. Relax

    “This stuff isn’t so serious. I’m 3/4’s done with life, probably 20 more to go. 10 good ones and then it will start to get rough. Don’t chase after things. Be simple. Eat simple. Enjoy life. Stop being critical. Enjoy this brief time.”

These really make you think! We encourage you to ask someone 60+ in your life what you can start doing today to have less regrets later on in life—then share it with us!