365 Days of Courage #58: Regrets of the Dying


The podcast I listened to this morning was an episode of the Good Life Project podcast which aired a couple of years ago with the writer, Bronnie Ware.

I remember a few years ago reading a blog post about the biggest regrets that people expressed when they were dying. You might remember reading it too. Bronnie was the author of that blog post.

I loved learning more about her life journey and what she learned from her years as a palliative caring working with people in the last few weeks of their lives.

Where in your life do you feel a sense that you a living a life that others expect of you rather than a life that is true to you and your dreams? In the interview, Bronnie talks about the point in her life where the pain of not living her calling ultimately became stronger than the pain of disappointing others.

Here is a brief excerpt from the blog post:

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

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

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

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

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
— Bronnie Ware

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