In honor of Al's dad - Travis Woody (2/3/12)
A nurse who has counseled many patients in their last days has written a book to reveal the most common regrets that we have at the end of our lives.
Bronnie Ware started off with a blog, but it became so popular that she wrote a book called “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.”
1. 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, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams."
2. I wish I hadn't worked 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 all of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence."
3. 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, then they develop illnesses relating to their bitterness and resentment."
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
"Often they would not truly realize 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. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying."
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
"This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits."