What would you do today if you knew you were going to die tomorrow?
A while ago a Facebook friend shared an article by Bronnie Ware, titled Regrets of The Dying.
Bronnie worked with patients in palliative care where she helped care for them during the remaining weeks of their lives.
“People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.” ˜ Bronnie Ware
I know what Bronnie means by that quote. Long time readers know that last summer, I experienced a serious health emergency. The situation definitely played catalyst in a perspective shift. I wrote about it in a post titled, “In the End, Only Love Matters.”
Back to the article — Bronnie lists the top 5 regrets that were common themes with the majority of her patients.
The first is that they wished they had the courage to be true to who they were instead of what others thought they should be or do.
“This above all: To thine own self be true.” — William Shakespeare
Number two is that they wouldn’t have worked so hard and spent so much time away from loved ones.
Third, they wished they had the courage to express their true feelings.
Fourth, they wished they had stayed in touch with friends.
And finally, they wished they had allowed themselves to be happier throughout their life. At the end of life, they realized that happiness is a choice.
Why does it seem to take a catastrophic event to effect a change?
If I knew I would die tomorrow, I would drive to my sister, I would hug her and tell her that I love her.