What’s my purpose? What should I do with my life? These are difficult questions to answer but regret before death might give you some insight. Bronnie Ware worked in palliative care for many years – taking care of people during the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. During this period she asked about peoples biggest regrets in life and these are the most common five:
- I wish I’d had the courage to fulfill my dreams.
- I wish I didn’t work so hard.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish that I had let myself be happier.
It’s no surprise that we regret things we didn’t do. Probably because most mistakes are small and don’t affect us in the long run. But, what if.. That’s a question that will follow you forever. What if you kissed the love of your life when you had the chance? What if you had followed your dream?
What if.. That’s the question you’ll never find an answer for. – Tweetable
Fortunately, we can learn from others regrets and compile a checklist:
- Follow your dreams, not what people expect from you.
- Spend as much time as possible with your family.
- Be honest and say what you really think.
- Stay in touch with your friends.
Learn to say yes, do what you love and don’t have regrets.