A dear friend died yesterday, someone I was supposed to do a project with. As always, the news of death rings the alarm for those of us still living. We may ask, am I living my life well?
For answers, let us turn to those at the end of life. These are the Top 5 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 hadn't worked 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.
No need to wait for the end to become wise. Looking back on my life, I have my own list of regrets, mistakes made along the way that I wish to not repeat. Here it is:
- I wish I had spent less time in fear
- I wish I had spent less time in anger
- I wish I had been more wise in some of my choices
- I wish I had discovered mindfulness earlier
- I wish I had understood loving kindness earlier
What is your list?