The below article is taken from an inspiration after reading up a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who spent years together working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives.
She has experienced that people gain huge self-consciousness and a vision at the end of their lives and they reflect upon their entire life. And as an old saying says, learn from others’ experiences so that you can gain the most, we present below some of the key points from the book:
- Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.
This is the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.
- Love your life. Don’t be immersed only in work.
A common point from most of the male patients. By focusing too much on only working life, they missed a lot of precious moments like their children growing up, their wives love, etc.
- Express your feelings, do not be afraid.
Many people suppress their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settle for a mediocre existence and never become who they are truly capable of becoming. Many develop illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carry as a result.
- Keep your friends and family close. Do not forget them.
Give your friendships the time and love that it deserves. Do not keep it to the last moment of your life wherein it is difficult to trace your old friends and you do not get a chance to meet them. Friends are invaluable. Cherish them!
- Be happy. It is your Life!
Happiness is a choice. It cannot be dictated by anyone. Do not get stuck in wrong choices, bad habits. Come out of it. Get out of the comfort zone and do something that will make you happy. Do not fear that change will affect others. Do not live a life for someone else only. Live your own life too!
Leave the tension of the future behind. Make your future!
Like we always say, Save – Insure – Invest – for a Happy Future!
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