What percentage of people over 60 have regrets about life? Some people seem to be totally at peace with the decisions they’ve made throughout their lives while others are filled with remorse. Is it possible to live life without regrets?
– Joshua R.
I am not sure that I can report to you a percentage of people who have regrets, but research indicates that people age 60 and older have fewer of them! We have been through enough to know what really matters and what doesn’t. We are more able to tell the truth about things, including missteps, and do so with greater compassion for ourselves and others. This allows us to “tell the truth as fast as we can” and to not carry regrets or any other old baggage forward with us.
With the sand in the hourglass visibly drifting by, many of us are not so easily distressed by things. This result is fewer regrets, more joy, and the emotional riches that follow.
I can’t say that I have lived my life without regrets, but I distinguish between the regrets I had to reframe to see as opportunities and those that required a full letting go.
Regrets offer us a wonderful way to grow if we can approach them compassionately and consciously, trusting our own process with total faith.