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5 Biggest Regrets of An Old Man Which You Can Avoid

Updated on August 9, 2020
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Vikram Brahma is a Digitalpreneur, Author, Blogger, Writer, & YouTuber. He loves to write content & spend time working from home.


When a man becomes old he thinks a lot about his family and what all things he has achieved in his life. But there are some moments regarding which he regrets.

Although I am not too old to tell you about all such points, still I have managed to think and identify some areas as per my understanding. I hope if you will read this article, you will try to overcome these mistakes in life. So, let’s get started.

An old man
An old man

Not Spending Enough Time With Loved Ones

A man spends most of their time working day and night. I remember when I used to work for an advertising agency, I worked from 10 am to 1 am on many occasions. Since I was young and staying alone I don’t have any issue working so much.

But on the other hand, my friends with the family will always worry about such situations. There was time they had to miss their family functions. Sometimes they missed their kid’s birthday. During many friendly conversations, they use to commit how much worse they feel about such situations. I am sure this feeling will be there with my corporate employees.

Not Enough Saving And Investment For Retirement

I am sure this will be one of the biggest regrets of any person. Although I am yet to become an old man, I still regret a few of my past decision. When I was in Delhi I got a chance to purchase 2BHK home in Burari, North Delhi at a cheap price of Rs. 11 lakh ($ 14672.39) around 2009.

Bank was ready to finance, parents were ready to help but due to long distance from Gurugam, I didn’t grab that offer. If you ask me personally this is the biggest regret of my life.

Now, I stay in a different state 2000 km far away from Delhi but I could have purchased that home and sale in future with a great margin. I know today by the market price, I could get anywhere near Rs. 40 lakh ($ 53354.14) for that home. If you are reading this article, kindly don’t make such kind of blunder in life. Investing in real estate is one of the best options in any big cities. I could financially free by now, have I sold and invested those returns in other assets.

Need to take care of health and mind
Need to take care of health and mind

Not Having A Healthy Body And Mind

Another regret any old man will have is related to health. If health is not well then nothing seems well for him. You see this is the paradox of life that we spend whole life working to earn money but ignore our health. And when we become old we spend all our saving maintaining health.

Therefore, it will be better that we take proper care of our health and mind even when we are young. Our body and brain are like machines and it needs regular good diet and exercise to continue working properly. Make sure to feed our body and mind and take proper precautions.

Not Able To Do Side Hustle And Start A Business

I feel happy that now I am working as per my passion and from home. I never wanted to have any government job or any private job but I always wanted to work on my own business. And for this, I will remain grateful to the internet.

If you ask any old person they will say they admire many business houses and wanted to have something like them. But due to lack of knowledge and will power they never thought of starting such an enterprise. In fact, now-a-days you don’t need a huge investment to start your business.

You can simply sit in front of your laptop and by using the internet and your digital marketing skills you can start your business from home by wearing pyjamas.

Would you like to travel in your 60's?
Would you like to travel in your 60's?

Regret Not Able To Travel Much

As a young fellow, I love to see different places and enjoy good food. Recently a few months ago my parents went to Bhutan by driving a car with other family members. Although my father got retired from his government job, he still thinks of travelling and wants to see more places.

Even my mother wants to see different places and now they want to see foreign countries. I have been travelling in India a lot. Due to my mother’s health, they are taking a break from travelling. But I hope they can fulfil their dreams soon.

Worry About Their Family And Children

In India, some students are still struggling to get a decent job after graduation. This problem is related to our education system, students, and as well as population. In today’s time, we have a million people to grab a thousand vacancies. In such a case only a few talented students get the job while the rest struggle to find some job.

If you will be struggling during your 20’s and 30’s to get a decent job then whether you believe or not old parents will always worry for you. During their time even
Rs. 10,000 was a huge amount. Whereas in today’s time even Rs. 1 lakh is not enough.


Besides these, there can a few more regrets like not able to express their feelings to others. But I certainly believe people will regret those things which they knew were good but still they didn’t apply in life. So, if you are spending less time with your family, regret about not having a side hustle, not able to travel and worry about health then start doing those things.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Vikram Brahma


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