I have always been interested on figuring out what the right way to live is. Largely that was due to the fact that I grew up in two cultures that did not see eye to eye and so I was forced to look at life from an early age. As I grew up I got into world of self-development, psychology and philosophy. And all I found was that there is broad array of opinion on how to live and most of it is theoretical.
I have often thought that the best way to figure out how to live is to speak to people who are on their way out. So what do our fellow human beings who are dying wish they had lived/done differently? Five things:
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
- I wish I had not worked so hard
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
- I wish I’d had stayed in touch with my friends
- I wish I’d allowed myself to be happier
Where did these come from? They come from a lady that worked with / took care of these older folks. I encourage you to read the full article as it really is worth reading: Regrets of the Dying