I’m writing this not just to remind you about these regrets or to be morbid, but to inspire you to do something about it. Most people intellectually know “Yes, I know, I should do things that make me happier, I should not let others influence me so much, I should… I should…” But most of us don’t do much about it until our livelihood is threatened – whether it’s a serious illness, or seeing someone close to us die.
I was one of these people. It took a cancer diagnosis to really wake me up and make the effort to change my lifestyle and my perspective on life. I wasn’t doing too badly, but I let the day-to-day things stress me out. I am one of those people who look back and say that the cancer diagnosis was one of the best things that happened in my life.
Through self-awareness and learning life skills like meditation and mindfulness, I personally am a better, more alive person than I have ever been. As I see people around me every day that are awakening and having a genuine human experience, it gives me hope that more and more people can do this.
Here are the Top 5 regrets of the dying, as I have seen on many websites over the years:
REGRETS OF THE DYING
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I didn’t work so hard.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish that I had let myself be happier. (this was a big one for me!)
Let these sit with you for a moment. Sit quietly and take them in. Allow yourself to be open to making changes in your life for the better. Gosh, even do something about it. I invite you.