A palliative care nurse queried terminal patients about what they would have done differently when they had the chance. Here are the top responses:
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 hadn’t worked 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.
Read the rest. While you still have your health and time. The article is better than these bullet points.
Very nice Dr. Parker, thank you for sharing. I really believe in #5, and have found that choosing to be happy has been the best choice I have ever made, so hopefully that won’t be a regret when my time comes.
So true, especially no. 1. I find it sad when people can’t seem to stand for themselves, what truly makes the happy and what they really want to do, and instead let others make the decision for them or bully them. Not following the herd is not easy and does not usually lead to happiness and satisfaction. Life is too short to have to spend it based on someone else’s lifestyle and being unhappy in the meantime.
That’s the theme of “October Sky,” a movie superficially about the early days of rocketry. Three teenage boys growing up in a mining town were expected to become miners like their dads, but they had much bigger plans. Good movie.
I will check out that movie. I’ve always liked and found inspiration in stories of people (real people) who go against the grain, do what they really want to do and take risks. They are the ones who really transform the world.