A few weeks ago, I came across Bronnie Ware, an Australian author, songwriter and motivational speaker best known for her writings about the top deathbed regrets she heard during her time as a palliative carer. She first shared the insights in a 2009 blog post, « Regrets of the Dying » which by 2012 had been read by eight million people.
It seems that the top 5 regrets of the dying are:
I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
I wish I hadn’t worked 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.
What great lessons and wisdom!
Twelve years ago, in my late forties, I would have ticked most of these « regrets. » What happened in between? I’ve decided to become aware of who I was, what I wanted, what I was yearning for and began to make changes.
I can say without a doubt that I live now a life which is more true to myself. I feel much happier and fulfilled.
What about you? How do you feel right now? What are you yearning for? Which of the 5 regrets resonates the most within you? What is it that you would like to be different? How would it look like if it was different?
Discovering and embracing fully who you are will lead you to make purposeful decisions because they would be yours.
What if you were giving yourself time to explore where you are at? You have all the responses and resources within you.
I would be happy to help you in this new adventure!