I was reading the words of a palliative care nurse who has spend many years in the company of people is the last weeks of their lives. Far from morbid, the post spoke about the privilege of being with people at this time, and pointed out that though most find peace and acceptance before they die, they nevertheless wished they’d done things differently. According to this author, the five most common regrets are:
- “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”
- “I wish I had not worked so hard”
- “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings”
- “I wish I’d had more contact with my friends”
- “I wish I’d allowed myself be happier”.
As we go through life how often do we put things off. It’s never too early to start. This is stating the obvious, I know, but a little reminder can be useful from time to time, don’t you think?
(The Digital Phoenix: Nurse reveals the five things people regret the most on their deathbed.)