Bonnie Ware, an Australian nurse who worked in palliative care for years, wrote about what she learned were the things most regretted by those dying in a blog post at the beginning of the year. CLICK HERE TO SEE HER POST.
According to Ware, these are the top five regrets of the dying:
- I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. “Health brings a freedom few realize, until they no longer have it.”
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. “This came from every male patient that I nursed.”
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. “Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others.”
- I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends. “It all comes down to love and relationships in the end.”
- I wish I’d let myself be happier. “Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again. When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind.”
Do any of these surprise you? Which one do you most readily identify with?