Regrets have a really painful way of getting to you when you reach old age. Toward the end, you can’t help but look back at the life that’s been, and often it becomes a measure of what-might-have-beens.
Not going on an adventure
Atop the list of a retiree’s regrets is letting go of the chance to be on an exciting adventure. Be very mindful of the feeling you get when you read about an interesting place in a magazine and you silently wish you could be there someday. Today’s generation has many silent wishes in their hearts, because of interesting places they see online. In the later years, this might turn into a longing for a moment that might not come anymore.
Not seeing friends more often
The reality of losing familiar people becomes more pronounced in old age. A retired individual hears of the passing of a good friend whom he has not seen in years, and instantly regrets not spending enough time with the person. Truly, for the senior, the world becomes a lonelier place when friends are gone. There are not many deep friendships in the life of a person. If people matter, they are worth spending more time with.
Not developing talents enough
Talents are what set people apart from each other. An elderly person realizes how much he could have become if only he had the courage to make mistakes in developing his talents. Talent is probably the most profound way of expressing oneself and making one’s life most meaningful.
There’s still time for younger people to rethink how they want to live their lives with the energy they have.
Tracy Luttrell here. If you want to live life to the fullest, make sure you do enough to avoid having any regrets! In my old age, I spend a lot of quality time with my cousin and best friend Maybelle. For more snippets of my retired life, follow me on Twitter.