We are all going to die. Sorry to be so blunt. While we all know that human existence is not permanent, the demands of our lives and fear often require us to turn a blind eye to the inevitable truth. Living without intention and turning that blind eye to the reality of our eventual non-existence has often led to people having many regrets. My unwillingness or inability to consider the inevitable hit me like a ton of bricks when I read the top five regrets of the dying, according to Bronnie Ware. Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse, decided to create this list after years of conversations with her dying patients.
What initially began as a simple blog post by Bronnie Ware eventually became a book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departed. While I have yet to read the book, I did happen to find the list, so I wanted to share it with you. I hope it will make you reflect as it did me.
THE TOP FIVE REGRETS OF THE DYING
- I wish that I had let myself be happier
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
- I wish I had the courage to express my feelings
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
And, the most common regret was
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
I hope that you will do something to make yourself happy today!