People Confess Their Single Biggest Regret In Life

For most people, it's difficult to honestly say there are no regrets in life. Everyone has something in their past they wish they did differently - maybe it's asking that girl or guy out for a date, or spending another moment working on that project, and it can even be something like, "I wish I treated him better." Whatever a person's regrets in life, odds are, they aren't entirely unique. We all experience the same sort of life events, which is why it's interesting to hear other people's stories about their single biggest regrets in life and compare them to our own.

Thanks to sites like Reddit, people from all over the world have shared their stories expressing their greatest regrets in life. These are some of the best examples of this kind of story, so have a look and see if someone shares one of your own regrets, but be warned, many of these stories are sad, and could elicit similar feelings. If you're feeling sad about your own regrets in life, please reach out and get help. You don't have to go through it alone.


  • Yelling At Their Dad Before He Passed

    From a Reddit user

    I’ve never admitted this to myself but my biggest regret is yelling at my dad that I hate him the day before he died.

    I was 13 and I was a handful. I didn’t have an easy childhood but my dad tried to give us a good life. To his dying day, he never knew that my mother’s second husband was sexually abusing me. Looking back, I now understand that this is why I would act out so much. My dad didn’t know how to deal with me. He was a broken man and never got over my mom leaving him. My sh*tty attitude didn’t help.

    We got into a big fight the day before he died. I have no clue what it was about, probably curfew or something stupid like that. I ended up screaming that I hate him.

    The next day, I found him on the sofa, dead from a heart attack. My last words to him were “I hate you”. I hope he knew that I didn’t mean it. The truth is that my dad did the best he could and I loved him more than anyone else. I hope he knew that.

  • Not Picking Up When Someone Important Called For The Last Time

    From Redditor /u/clocks212

    One that haunts me is I didn't answer the last call my dad made to me. He had been dying of cancer and was on a significant amount of pain meds. I was having a sh*tty morning and after months of stress, and helping care for him traveling between states, just wasn't in the mood for another jibberish conversation. He left me a rambling nonsensical voicemail. He lost consciousness soon after and died in hospice.

    I doubt he was hurt or would even remember it if he was alive today. Still kind of sucks.

    My biggest regret is not documenting more of what my dad told me. We had months of time to sit knowing he was going to die, often on his porch when I was in town, and chat about life and stuff. But I didn't write anything down and I have a pretty bad memory for details. I enjoyed the time and the conversations but don't remember much about them.

  • Not Learning A Foreign Language Earlier In Life

    From Redditor /u/Ramgos

    Not learning Russian earlier so I'll be able to have a rational conversation with my grandparents.

    Luckily, they're they're not dead, so I'm learning.

  • Not Taking Better Hygienic Care Earlier In Life

    From Redditor /u/Chocolate-Panda:

    This is a good one. I was told so often as a kid that I needed to clean my teeth better and generally shrugged it off. I'm 25 now and I've had a few root canals, fillings, crowns.

    It's not just the pain of having the work done; it's the sheer cost of it.