Death is not a comfortable subject for most people. We prefer to not think or talk about it. But the sad truth is all of us will die someday.
I recently read an interesting study by an Australian nurse and counselor who takes care of terminally ill people (normally less than 12 weeks to live). She asked those facing death what were their top biggest regrets. Five top regrets stood out.
- I wish I had pursued my dreams and aspirations, and not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I had not worked so hard.
- I wish I had the courage to express my feelings and speak my mind.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with friends.
- I wish I let myself be happier.
Is it possible to live life without regrets? No, but I think the key is to live with as few regrets as possible.
By living our lives as if the end is near, we can realize we do not have all the time in the world and should pursue our truest desires, dreams and aspirations.