Avoid the top 5 Regrets in life!

Where do you find inspiration?   I don’t have to look far as I belong to Toastmasters, and each meeting I attend brings for me inspiration, or at least education. Here is what I learned, I hope you find it thoughtful and beneficial. 

Months back, my friend Greg shared at our Toastmasters 641259 meeting the research he had found on what he felt was going to be a tough topicREGRET“.  I want to share with you what I learned that day, courtesy of Greg, and his source Bronnie Ware – Inspiration and Chai ” 

Bronnie Ware worked in palliative care, and in the last twelve or so weeks that she spent with her patients she culled this list of insight into the TOP FIVE REGRETS. When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Bronnie developed this list of the top five regrets; her thoughts and the five regrets are listed for us below.

Here are the most common five: 

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 

This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard. 

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win. 

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. 

Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier. 

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness. Everyone finds their own way – this man PLUNGED INTO A NOMAD TOUR and shares his around the world experiences travelling on a shoestring, or less. – Happiness Plunge. 

*special thanks today for the images from Bent Objects, the imagination and whimsical creations of Terry Border. 


About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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14 Responses to Avoid the top 5 Regrets in life!

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  3. Lina says:

    I loved this speech – and love that you shared it on your blog. I have forwarded your blog link to several people that I think would benefit from taking a step back and re-evaluating what is important in life. Thanks Dave.


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  5. dfolstad58 says:

    Reblogged this on Notes from "A Place to Live Forever" and commented:

    Since is a common theme or topic in my mind, I felt it relevent to reblog. What do you think? What do YOU think?


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  8. Thanks for dropping by The Grizzle Grist Mill, and thanks for directing me here. I love this song, and I love this post! It is so true! Living with regrets stinks, and I am working on that more and more with each new day. From your list, I suppose I’m doing pretty good, but I struggle with speaking my mind and living by other’s expectations at times; however, I’m working on those two day by day. 😉 Great reminders.

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  10. Hmm wow! What a powerful and truthful read indeed! Wow! Really thought provoking as well! Thank you for sharing! Xx

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