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We’re told to live without regret, but we all have things we wish we’d done differently. This is especially true as we get a little older and wiser, thanks to the beauty of hindsight.
When a Redditor posed the question, “Older users of Reddit, what are some of your biggest regrets in life?” more than 900 people responded.
From choosing the wrong partner to avoiding the dentist, their confessions range from funny to heart-breaking — and they could very well teach us all a thing or two about life. Here are eight of their most common regrets:
1. Spending too long in the wrong job.
“I just turned thirty and I’ve been regretting wasting my twenties in a boring entry-level job.”
“I’m a technical recruiter now, but I wish I would have put in more effort, gone to a much better school and gotten a job in IT. I’m an introvert forced to be an extrovert with this job and it’s exhausting.”
2. Putting off medical appointments.
"I've spent enough for two cars over the years in root canals, crowns and implants. Brush your teeth. Often. Even though it sucks, you should also floss. Every day. Go to your semi-annual cleanings. This can all be avoided very easily."
"I regret that I didn't go talk to a psychologist and get diagnosed with Aspergers sooner. I was diagnosed last year at the age of 39 after yet another problem at work. Before, I'd always let people talk me out of it and tell me I'm 'normal'."
3. Choosing the wrong partner.
"Got married too young and for the wrong reasons. She was not the love of my life, but we got along well, and all of our friends seemed to be marrying."
"Getting married to the wrong person. Now I'm close to 40, no kids, mostly bald. No one wants to take a chance on me... Time is the one thing you cant get back. Don't waste it on the wrong person."