Things you DON'T miss about being young: Daily commute and ferrying kids around

Worrying about your weight, awkward first dates, being woken by an alarm clock and revising for exams are other areas of life the nation’s retirees are more than happy to have left behind.

Caring about what people think, ironing school uniforms on a Sunday night and hosting the family Christmas are also up there, along with spending the working week with people you don’t like.

Researchers from retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone, polled 1,500 adults aged 60 and over to see which activities they are delighted to have ditched in their golden years.

The vast majority (87 per cent) said, although they enjoyed their youth and miss certain aspects of it – they are just as happy now as they ever were, with nearly two thirds (63 per cent) claiming they are happier than they have ever been.

More than half said their relationship with their spouse was at its best –without the stress of jobs and families

And nearly three quarters said they were happy with what they had achieved in life with marriage, children, owning a home and travelling the world among the biggest accomplishments.

Of those polled, 28 per cent had already downsized with nearly nine in ten saying it has made life much easier.

A quarter went so far to say it’s the best thing they ever did and they wish they had done it sooner.

Other plus points of selling-up for a smaller property included cheaper utility bills, less DIY and maintenance and not being put upon to host all the big family parties.

Freeing up equity in the home and having a better social life were also listed as benefits of downsizing.

The poll found 67 was the perfect age to downsize, but of those who haven’t, four in ten said they can’t face the upheaval of a move. And 15 percent said their current property has many emotional ties.

A McCarthy & Stone spokesman said: “Many of the things the older generation don’t miss involve work – and that comes as no surprise.

“We are all looking forward to the day we don’t have to endure the commute to the office and deal with the stresses that our jobs place on us.

“But it is interesting to see the stress of running a family home and the struggle to get on the property ladder also both made the list of things older people don’t miss about being young.

“For many, getting older means downsizing and that’s a welcome move.”

He added: “Deciding on when to downsize takes a lot of consideration. It’s a big step, but once the decision has been made many retirees have a whole new lease of life.

“They have no worries about safety and security and all the benefits of being in a community of like-minded individuals – no wonder they are enjoying all the freedom our later years can bring.”


  •  Being at work five days a week
  •  Having to get up to an alarm clock
  • Having to be up and out the house at a certain time
  • Revising for and sitting exams
  • Enduring the daily commute to work
  • Financial worries
  • Having to dress suitably for work everyday
  • Having to spend your working week with people you don’t like

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