A British journalist asked her Twitter followers for their biggest regret -- and the responses were deeply moving

SadnessUnsplash / Xavier SotomayorWhat is your biggest regret in life?

British journalist Emma Freud posted a soul-searching question to Twitter, asking “What is your biggest regret?”

Seeing her 20-year-old son off to university in America, Freud — who also happens to be the grand-daughter of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud — said she found herself contemplating her son’s journey into adulthood and how she might help him to make decisions that he would not regret.

It prompted her to tweet: “What is your biggest regret. Asking for a friend.”

And she received over 300 replies.

“I had casually asked a question that, surprisingly, a lot of people really wanted to answer,” she wrote in The Guardian as part of an article she penned on the experience.

Responses ranged from the funny to the deeply moving and harrowing, relating to anxiety, grief, sexual abuse, and terminal illness. Most fell into the latter.

Freud has since responded to them all.

Here are some of the most powerful replies to the question: “What is your biggest regret?”

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