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The Most Common Regrets of the Dying



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I remember hearing about this a while ago, and recently stumbled across the original source. Bronnie Ware worked with terminal patients for years, and documented the regrets she heard the most from those who were brought face-to-face with their time running out. The original article (now a book) is here.

  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.

What do you want your biggest regret to be?