Who, on their deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at work’? Actually no-one and it’s official. A researcher who has worked in palliative care has brought together the five greatest regrets of those who are dying. When I read them, I made a promise to myself that of the regrets I may have, which I can do nothing about, here were some I could address.
The researcher, Bronnie Ware, is an Australian who has worked with the dying, and has written a book: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – ‘A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing’. Here’s the top five. It certainly made me think – and I think I’ll make sure these won’t be my regrets.
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 wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.