Top five regrets of the dying:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Taken from this Guardian Article, via Jay Parkinson.
Sobering but a good reminder. My husband has a Finnish uncle who says, ‘a day when death is not considered is a wasted day.’ Somber as this continues to be, I agree. Thanks for today’s reminder, Tina.
Feb 7th, 2012 / 9:36 am
WOW! I read the article, but I like seeing your list here as it’s a quick reminder to keep things in perspective. I might just have to print it out and have it on my desk. Thanks!
Feb 7th, 2012 / 10:24 am
Nice!!! This is my reason for keeping a Bucket List :-)
All five are on there too…but it’s nice to see others think this way.
Feb 7th, 2012 / 11:23 am
We all need to therefore:
1. Have the courage to live a life true to ourselves, not the life others expected of us.
2. Stop working so hard.
3. Have the courage to express our feelings.
4. Stay in touch with our friends.
5. Let ourselves be happier.
Feb 7th, 2012 / 1:53 pm
Thanks, I will be forwarding this to a lot of workaholics (and keeping it present for myself too)
Feb 7th, 2012 / 2:17 pm
I’ve decided to start saying “Oh, I’m sorry to hear that” if people say they’re really busy from now on. It’s become a badge of honour in Western societies, but it’s really pointless.
Feb 7th, 2012 / 10:30 pm
It’s all just a state of mind.
And its very easy to change your mind.
Feb 8th, 2012 / 3:06 am
I guess it’s a good idea to think about the fact that we have to die someday, so we can figur out how we can live today.
So I print your list out and hang it at my door for a while.
Have a great day, Tina!
Bernie, thanks for the hint!
Feb 8th, 2012 / 5:29 am
Yey, I have all five !
So i’ll just keep going :)
Feb 14th, 2012 / 6:05 am