When a person is dying..what do you think are likely to be his/ her major regrets? Do you think there could be a pattern?
Has any research been done on that? What are YOUR regrets…I mean if your death was to happen NOW, what would be your biggest regret? or regrets?
Based on an article in Guardian of UK..(based on the experiences of a pallative nurse). There was nobody who said..I wish I had done bungee jumping…Here is the summary, in the order of importance:
1. I wish I had led my life for myself and not for others: Believe me, this is a fantastic secret, I am letting you on this. Frankly the world does not care. Take charge of your life and do what you think is right. LIVE FOR YOURSELF. The world does not care. Your parents, spouse, children, friends do not care beyond a point. Do what you like and enjoy.
2. I wish I had not worked so hard: I believe all MALE patients said this. Not sure why not enough women patients? No clue. But most people wish that they had relaxed more or had a better work-life balance. They missed their children’s growing up, social life, etc. To me this also means that they EARNED MUCH MORE than what they needed. That sounds so odd, does it not? Life long you chase money and when you are dying you WONDER why you did it.
3. I wish I had the courage to express my feelings…Go, go out there and tell people exactly what you think. It is an awesome stress reliever. Give up clients who are a pain. Give up friends who are too taxing. ..and tell the people who matter how much you love them. Familiar?
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends! This is funny, but not many people do this!
5. I wish I was happier: HOW MANY OF MY READERS ACCEPT that happiness is a matter of choice?
I am trying to sort out each one of them. Clearly I have an amazing family, a great extended family, a good set of friends, classmates, run and cycling buddies. The reason?
I just go and do what I want. Simple. Remember the Nike ad? Just Do it.
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