24 Jan Top 5 life regrets of people on their deathbed. It will make you question your life
Bronnie Ware has been watching people die half of her life. She spent years as a hospice care nurse, but her job isn’t as depressing as you’d think. It taught her how to truly live her life.
She compiled their stories and the most repeated regrets she heard them utter in their final days. Here are the top five regrets that she shared originally on her blog, Inspiration and Chai:
Regret #1: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
Ask yourself: Am I living my best life right now?
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“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. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.” — Bronnie Ware
Regret #2: I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
Instead of working hard all your life, work hard to enjoy it instead.
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Regret #3: I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
It’s really important for us human beings to express our feelings. Communication is one of our strengths.
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“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming.” — Bronnie Ware
Regret #4: I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Is there someone you treasure who you haven’t spoken with in much too long?
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“Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.” — Bronnie Ware
Regret #5: I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Are you truly happy? If not, you should definitely make yourself happier. You deserve it.
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“This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. 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.” — Bronnie Ware
These are indeed wake up calls for the most of us. Many people keep on living life thinking that life wouldn’t end one day. Start working on your life and happiness so you won’t regret a thing in the end. Share this post to your friends on Facebook!