I came across an article recently where a nurse revealed dying patients’ deathbed regrets. The top five were:
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- 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. [source]
Then I read another article about Harold Ramis and Bill Murray not speaking for the last ten years of Ramis’ life. [source] They’ll never get those years back. They’re gone forever. I feel sad for both of them.
But the rest of us have our lives to live. And we need to get out there and do it.
What are we waiting for? What do we need to be happy? What do we need to be fulfilled?
I think it’s a lot less than we think. We need food, clothing, and shelter. The rest is all gravy. The rest is what we make of it.
I’m starting a series on the five things above. Together we can explore the ways to bring these things into our lives. Let’s work together to make our lives meaningful, fun, and fulfilling. Let’s live lives without any regrets!
Are you in?!