“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t matter.”
In 2009, palliative care nurse Bonnie Ware wrote a touching and eye-opening article that she called ‘Regrets of the Dying’. In the article she revealed some of the raw, honest conversations that she shared with her patients during their final weeks. These conversations talked about not only impending death, but largely about life in general and the things that could have been done differently.
When faced with our own mortality, we begin to reflect upon the various choices we have made throughout our lives and the actions we have taken. We start to consider the ‘what if’ factors, wondering how life may have been different should we have chosen another path or acted in a different way. Rather than waiting for our own final weeks, take these revelations to heart allowing them to influence your own daily life. After reading through the following regrets, take the time to reassess what you consider to be appropriate in your own life and reconsider your priorities.
This infographic created by Addicted2Success.com outlines the top 10 regrets of the dying:
Are you happy with your life? If not, it is time to make a change! Life is too short to carry on doing things you don’t care about. I know that it is not always that simple, but where there is a will there is a way. You can do this!
Before you know it life will be over, and when the cold grip of death comes over you, do you really want to have regrets? I know I don’t, and that is why I am going to make a change! Life is short, what are you going to do with it?