Regrets of the Dying

When I shared the 1,176 weeks of life (now 1,175) with my therapist, she recommended a book by Bronnie Ware, The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying. Bronnie worked in palliative care where special moments were shared with those who only had 3-12 weeks to live.

On Bronnie’s site she shares the 5 regrets most mentioned by those she’s assisted:
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 didn’t work so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I with that I had let myself be happier.
5. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

As I continue my journey of defining and redirecting my priorities to living a life that brings more joy, I wasn’t sure what to do with this information.   I then came across the Forbes article linked below.  Kathy Caprino interviewed Bronnie and asked, what is the message?   Bronnie’s response was, “Life is sacred. Bring as much consciousness to the choices you make on a daily basis. Take courageous action. And know you truly are worthy of joy.”

Weeks left of life:  1,175

Bronnie Ware
The Top Regrets Of The Dying And What We Need To Learn From Them

Image by S. Hermann / F. Richter from Pixabay

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1 thought on “Regrets of the Dying

  1. I’ve been thinking about mortality a lot, and this post was good timing for sure. I might check that book out now, just to learn from others—I can’t possibly learn everything on my own, can I? Anyway, thanks for this post!

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