I stumbled upon a great article about lessons learned from the dying by a palliative care worker. I am going to tatoo them on the inside of my forehead! 🙂 Here is a summary of the thoughts expressed by many who were about to leave this world.
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 didn’t work so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
These points have been written and spoken about again and again–yet we all forget… forget that our lives are up to us, that we have the capacity to choose and shape a great deal of our life experience in spite of not being in control of the whole/larger picture. For the complete article click here: http://http://www.inspirationandchai.com/Regrets-of-the-Dying.html.
I do not know this woman but reading her story certainly highlights one who has followed her own path and allowed herself the adventure of life….perhaps not a way that you or I would do it but there is much food for thought (and action!) and wisdom in her story, as well as in her giving voice to the lessons from those about to pass on from this realm of experience.