I need to thank Herman over at Doobybrain for sharing this post, which I thought was profoundly powerful and would encourage you to take five minutes to read. It was written by Bronnie Ware, who worked in palliative care, and she chronicled some of the top regrets that patients had as they were faced with their own mortality, as they were shared with her over the years. Some common themes have emerged and she has posted these on her blog.
When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.