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  • There is one thing that's inevitabledeath.

  • Someday you'll breath your final breath, before kicking the proverbial bucket.

  • How much time you have is anyone's guess, so it's important to make the most of life.

  • Live it to the fullest, do all the things you dream to do, and exit the world with no

  • regrets.

  • But then most of us go about our day as if we'll live forever; putting off what's

  • really important until tomorrow.

  • Today we'll be looking at those things we never get around to doing, in this episode

  • of The Infographics Show: 10 things old people say they regret not doing in their life.

  • Steve Jobs was a visionary who left his mark on the world.

  • His company Apple revolutionized the personal computing world with the invention of the

  • mac, changed the way we listen to music with the launch of the IPod, and connected the

  • world when the first IPhone was released.

  • Jobs himself was known for his energetic approach to life, inspiring people with his motivational

  • speeches.

  • Did he have any regrets?

  • You would think not, and his attitude towards death hints that he likely had none.

  • On his deathbed, Jobs looked at his sister Patty, then at his children, then at his life

  • partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them, before uttering his final words,

  • Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow”.

  • His sister, Mona Simpson, described his tone as affectionate, dear and loving.

  • Though Jobs left the world early at the age of 56, it certainly seems that he did so without

  • regret.

  • But then Steve Jobs is not your everyday kind of person.

  • He led an extraordinary life.

  • What about those of us who will pass away without feeling that we have properly completed

  • the journey?

  • It seems that many of the regrets people have are the same.

  • Looking at what the media says and the real life experiences of doctors and nurses who

  • spend time with old people at the end of their life, here are the top ten most common regrets

  • that we came across.

  • 10.

  • I wish I had learned a second languageSomewhat surprisingly, many people depart the world

  • wishing they had learnt a second language.

  • Maybe they feel they would have been able to connect with more people in life if they

  • spoke more than one language, or that travel to other countries and mixing with different

  • cultures would have been easier.

  • It could also be that learning languages used to be much harder than it is today with heaps

  • of internet resources, online classes, and language apps- so this regret should not exist

  • for much longer, as you really don't have any excuses for not following through and

  • learning a language, if that's something you wish to do.

  • 9.

  • I wish I hadn't worked so hard - Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several

  • years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives.

  • She was quoted in British newspaper, The Guardian, saying that this regret came from every male

  • patient she had nursed.

  • Because of working so hard, many people felt that they missed their children's youth and

  • their partner's companionship.

  • Some women also spoke of this regret, but as most of the people she nursed were from

  • an older generation, when women tended to spend their lives at home running the house

  • and being mothers, this regret was much more common with men.

  • That's now changed of course, so it's likely that in the future, this regret will

  • be high on the list for both men and women.

  • 8.

  • I wish I had been better at expressing how I feltBronnie also said that many of

  • her patients expressed regret that they suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with

  • others.

  • Because of this, they never accomplished the things they wanted to.

  • Some of her patients even developed illnesses due to the bitterness they carried around

  • as a result of hiding their true feelings.

  • Dr Barton Goldsmith who writes for online magazine Psychology Today says that when you

  • express how you really feel, problems get solved, relationship issues get resolved,

  • and life is easier.

  • You will also enjoy your life more because you're not holding on to unhealed or confusing

  • feelings.

  • 7.

  • I wish I had taken better care of my bodyif you don't look after your body, your

  • time to leave will come much faster, so it's no surprise that many people express this

  • regret on their deathbed.

  • Obesity, smoking, or excessive drinking, can all drive you to an early death.

  • Most things in life can be replaced.

  • A new car or a new house, but you can't nip down to the shop and buy a new replacement

  • body.

  • So if this is one regret you think you might have when your time is up, it's probably

  • better to make some changes today.

  • 6.

  • I wish I had been more selective with my romantic relationshipsOne of the most common fears

  • that people have in life is never meeting their soulmate.

  • The person they are meant to spend the rest of their life with.

  • And of course this can show up when death is near, with the regret that life was spent

  • with the wrong lover.

  • Maybe a person has been in a toxic or abusive relationship, or they walked away from the

  • person they were meant to be with.

  • Many stay in relationships because they worry they may end up alone at the end of life,

  • but when they do reach the end, some of these people are suddenly faced with regret that

  • the romantic choices they made may have been incorrect.

  • So if you think you're in this zone, maybe now is the time to get back to swiping on

  • Tinder so you have no regrets in later life.

  • 5.

  • I didn't need to worry so muchKarl Pillemer, a Professor of Human Development

  • at Cornell University and the author of “30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice

  • from the Wisest Americans, spoke to nearly 1,500 elderly people asking them one simple

  • question: “What are the most important lessons you have learned over the course of your life?”

  • One of the most common responses he received was people saying they wish they had not worried

  • so much.

  • One example is John Alonzo, an 83 year old man who had been a construction worker, and

  • who had battled a lifetime of financial insecurity.

  • But he didn't think twice in giving this advice: Don't believe that worrying will

  • solve or help anything.

  • It won't.

  • So stop it.

  • That was it- his one life lesson was simply to stop worrying.

  • 4.

  • I wish I had spent more time outside of my comfort zoneTo quote Albert Einstein

  • The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting

  • different results.”

  • And if you spend a life doing the same thing over and over, waiting for something exciting

  • to happen, then it probably won't.

  • Exciting things happen when you get out there and make them happen.

  • But it's often easier said than done, and many of us stick close to comfort in the hope

  • of an easier life.

  • So when you reach the end and you're looking back on it as a whole, you'll be much more

  • proud if you can say that the most unease you felt was that day you went skydiving,

  • not the time you had to choose whether to eat meat or fish at dinner.

  • 3.

  • I could have given back moreMost of us will wait until the bank account is stacked

  • up with cash before deciding to give a few dollars to the local charity, but it seems

  • people find themselves on their deathbed regretting that they didn't give more.

  • Giving does not need to be about money though.

  • More often it's about helping and supporting others with what you can offer as a human

  • being, and expecting nothing in return.

  • Maybe you have useful skills, or sometimes just a listening ear.

  • Imagine you're attending your own funeral, and you hear a friend giving your eulogy.

  • What would you want them to be saying?

  • Most likely you would want to hear them talk about what a great person you were, and how

  • you had an impact on their life.

  • There's only one way to ensure you get a eulogy of this kind, and that's by giving

  • back and by helping others.

  • 2.

  • I wish I pursued my dreams and aspirations, and not the life others expected of meOne

  • of the most common regrets we found was this one: people who had arrived at the end of

  • their life and had missed out on many of their hearts desires because they were too busy

  • living up to what others expected of them.

  • Our nurse Bronnie Ware said that most people had not honored even half of their dreams,

  • and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made, because

  • of how others might judge them.

  • There is a freedom that comes with being close to death, but often that freedom is also when

  • you realize the things you missed out on.

  • So if you have things you feel you should be doingtoday, not tomorrow, is when to

  • act.

  • 1.

  • I wish I had spent more time with people I care aboutMany of us get caught up in

  • the daily activities of life.

  • Working, shopping, raising the kids, holidays.

  • It's hard not to be consumed by the endless cycle, but then later in life, we're faced

  • with not having spent enough quality time with friends and family.

  • With all the research we looked at online, this is the most common regret.

  • Everyone misses their friends & family when they reach the end, and they start to regret

  • not spending more time with them in life.

  • It can also work in reverse, where the people who are left behind also feel the regret.

  • In 2014, when President Obama spoke at a town hall meeting at Malaya University in Kuala

  • Lumpur, he said.

  • "I regret not having spent more time with my mother.

  • She died early, she got cancer right around when she was my age, actually, she was just

  • a year older than I am now.

  • It happened very fast, in about six months."

  • Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, died in 1995 of ovarian cancer at age 52, when Obama was 34.

  • Well, that's our list of 10 things old people say they regret not doing in their life.

  • There are of course many more.

  • So, how do you intend to live a life without regrets?

  • Let us know in the comments!

  • Also be sure to check out our other video, What Happens When You Die?!

  • Thanks for watching, and, as always, don't forget to like, share, and subscribe.

  • See you next time!

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