The Top Five Regrets of the Living

When people talk about regrets, they often focus on the regrets of the dying.

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, which was published five years ago.

Here is a quick list of those top five regrets, you can read more about them here.

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’d had the courage to express my feelings.
3. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier

These are the top five regrets of those on their deathbed, at which point there is no time left to correct those regrets.

So I thought it would be helpful to create a list of the top five regrets of the “living”:

  1. I wish I had read Jim Borden’s blog on a daily basis.
  2. I wish I had subscribed to Borden’s blog.
  3. I wish I had followed Jim Borden on Twitter and Facebook.
  4. I wish I had commented more on Borden’s posts.
  5. I wish I had sent Jim Borden $5 $10 $25 worth of Bitcoin to show appreciation for his dedicated blogging work.

The good news is that despite having all of these regrets, it’s never too late; if you want to be like Scotty P. and have no regrets, then the best thing to do is to start chipping away one item at a time on this updated list, preferably the last one

No ragrets…

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