An Australian nurse named Bronnie Ware, who spent several years caring for patients at the end of their lives, documented their dying thoughts in a blog that was later made into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. She said, “When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again.” Among the top regrets of the dying patients Ware cared for were these five:
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.”
My personal regrets (so far) include: Not Moving On Already from relationships I should have moved on from much sooner than I did; going to graduate school and racking up tons of debt simply because I didn’t know what else to do with myself; volunteering as a hair model in 2006 and ending up with a mullet that took three years to grow out.
P.S. The Oscars are this Sunday night. Let’s do some live commenting in the forums. Who’s with me?
[via The Guardian]