TYLER (KYTX/USA TODAY) - We don't always realize what's truly important to us until it's too late. A new survey shows the biggest regret among aging Americans is not saving enough money.
Out of the 2,000 people surveyed over the phone, 45% of the older group said they wished they had saved more money. And, 31% say they wish they'd made better investments.
Inez Williams is about to celebrate her 87th birthday. She says she never really thought about saving money when she was younger.
"I didn't have any to begin with."
But, times did get tough financially when her son developed cancer in the esophagus from smoking. It spread to his lungs and brain. And eventually, it sent him to hospice where he died.
"I would help with him or- I should have been a nurse."
Williams says if she could go back, she wouldn't have worked in the family's appliance repair business.
"When i was 16, a doctor told me i should have been a nurse. And, i should have been."
She says she feels like she missed her calling in healthcare.
"People- i know how they feel. I know how they feel. They hurt."
It's her only regret, but someone else in the family is taking on nursing, and Williams says that makes her happy.
"That's probably what i would have done. And, my granddaughter is going to be a nurse."
"I've always exercised and... good budget."
At 83 years old, Hazel Edwards says she has no regrets in life, except not learning how to play 42 sooner.
"We moved to East Texas in '92. And, 42 was big. My husband knew how to play the game. I didn't. And, i didn't learn until he passed away, and now i love it."
The retirement years are supposed to be filled with relaxation and happiness, and Edwards says that's how she tries to live every day- with no regrets.