You're a very clever man.
Some business folk might have regretted not being able to afford a once-in-a-lifetime trip on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, and sailing to America to 'make it big', but didn't feel any regret once they heard that it had sunk soon afterwards.
I believe that the only way not to regret our past decisions is to know how they would have turned out, and it's the not knowing that hurts the most.
Decca's Dick Rowe, happily turned down The Beetles, only feeling regret once he saw how big they became.
When folk have regrets about lost opportunities, they only look at what the positives might have been... that's understandable... but what about the negatives?
Allan, you might have went on to great things in Computer Programming, with untold wealth and esteem, but you might have become so expansive that your love of your job might have taken a turn for the worse, and you might have become miserable and lonely, travelling the world and missing out on your family and friends and all the hobbies and other things you love and have done in your career.
Some famous singers and actors have said that they'd swap all of their wealth if they could just have the time back that they missed with their children.
Allan, never say never at any age - you can have your cake and it. You've had a great life getting to where you are now, family, friends, scuba diving, family history, cycling and caravan touring, etc., and you still have an opportunity to once again delve into Computer Programming, with Online courses, that cater for beginners and advanced students... you're the same man with the same brain... if you try it, you'll see how thing WILL turn out, with no regrets... because you tried it.
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