Non, je ne regrette rien

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.

Don't lose touch with your friends!

2 thoughts on “Non, je ne regrette rien

  1. Terry Jackman

    1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. – I have done this. I have no friends and I am divorced. Still a man of strong principle though!!

    2. I wish I didn’t work so hard – I don’t!!

    3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings – I LOVE YOU ANNE 😉

    4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends – I wish I could actually MAKE friends. I TALK to lots of people but don’t make deep meaningful connections with them. I should….. and will 🙂

    5. I wish that I had let myself be happier. – My biggest regret!!

  2. I read this too Anne, and was deeply moved. For me, the wonderful thing is the benefit of what dying people have said, for those of us with the opportunity to make positive changes to our lives. As a former workaholic, it took my illness to help me transform my life for the better, and to make sure that when I die, it is without those top five regrets. Thanks for posting and sharing with us all.x

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