While I cooked all familiar traditional foods last week, the family celebration was very different and difficult this year. Of course not having my mother at the table was primary but due to Covid we were only the immediate family. No cousins, no friends joined us this year. Such a different time. As I continue to be reflective I thought I would share a previously published blog by the Huffington Post titled: “Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying” l which was forwarded to me by my son. Bronnie Ware, the author, provides an important message about living without regret. Ms. Ware worked in palliative care and asked her patients if they had any regrets or would have done something differently. The common themes include:
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. The most common regret of all.
- I wish I didn’t work so hard. Shared by every male patients she nursed.
- 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.
Do any of these regrets resonate? I hope to remember these pearls of wisdom- each day- and to try and live a little more fully. Thank you Daniel for sharing this with me.