Here are 5 things you may regret at the end of your life, from a nurse who works with the dying. You might think watching people die would depress a person, but it actually taught Bronnie Ware how to live.
By Angie Aker; September 22, 2015
Bronnie spent years as a palliative care nurse (hospice), helping patients be as comfortable as possible in the time just before their deaths. She compiled their stories and the most repeated regrets she heard them utter in their final days. Do you ever imagine what the final years and months and days of your life will be like?
I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you living your best life right now? What's stopping you?
"This was the most common regret of all. When people realize 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 honored 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 realize until they no longer have it." --Bronnie Ware
I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
This one speaks for itself.
I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
What if getting the words out is essential to your growth as a human being?
"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
I wish I'd stayed in touch with my friends.
Is there someone you treasure who you haven't spoken with in much too long?
"Everyone misses their friends when they are dying." --Bronnie Ware
I wish that I had let myself be happier.
If you didn't wake up joyful today, why not? What can you do to change that?
"This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize 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
Were there any regrets on this list that felt familiar to you? Others you might have that you don't see listed? If you had a crystal ball to see what you'd regret as you were dying, would you make changes now? Do you need help finding the strength or coming up with an action plan? Call me and we can work together to help you achieve your best life...we each only get one!