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5 Regrets At Death Bed

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RegretAs you read this, think to yourself what could you do differently right now, with your life, so that you live a life of joy, happiness, and meaning, and not experience these regrets? When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, most people on their Deathbed have these common themes again and again

Here are the most common five:


I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me

This was the most common regret of all

When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled

Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made

It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way

From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late

Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it


I wish I didn’t work so hard

This came from every male patient that I nursed

They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship

Women also spoke of this regret

But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners

All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do

And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle


I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others

As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming

Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result

We cannot control the reactions of others

However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level

Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life

Either way, you win


I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends

Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down

Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years

There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved

Everyone misses their friends when they are dying

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip

But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away

People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible

But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them

They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love

Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task

It all comes down to love and relationships in the end

That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships


I wish that I had let myself be happier

This is a surprisingly common one

Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice

They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits

The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives

Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content

When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind

How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying

Life is a choice

It is YOUR life

Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly

Choose happiness

Article by Bonnie Ware, author of the book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing”

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