Most of us get countless of emails everyday. Some are probably SPAM or funnies from friends and some are those chain-letters that people forward to you to earn themselves some "good luck" while you DIE (yes... its always in caps in the emails) because if you didn't forward the email out in 15mins or so or if you didn't send it out to 10 people, you are going to have 10 years of bad luck. Or so it says :)

I just don't quite understand why people do those silly emails. Even if you get those emails, why do you forward it to your loved ones or friends or anybody for that matter to get bad luck or worse... DIE if they don't forward it out. *LOL* Not that i believe that i'm going to DIE if i don't forward those chain emails.

Sometimes you get good thought provoking emails... that should be shared. So here i am sharing one with you. Some of you probably got this in email many times over the years or read it somewhere. But it is always good to keep receiving these ones to remind us on what really matters most in the end.

So here goes...

Five Regrets of the Dying 
by Bronnie Ware, Platinum Quality Author

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone's capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. 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 have 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. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.

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.

Hope you all enjoyed reading the above. Something to crack your head over for the weekend. I might need to re-evaluate my life too :) I should probably spend more time with Curly than in front of this blinking thing. Hope you guys have a great weekend ahead.

I am sad. She is always working. No one is playing with me. 
This is what i do alllllllllllll day.

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What a wonderful post and reminder to us all. We can always learn from others, it's time to act now and thanks for sharing.


Emila Yusof said...

these are great points to ponder, anny. thanks for posting it up; a reminder for me to do the same.

Emila Yusof said...

anny, just nak tanya, did you take the digitizing part? I just read that at a later date the digitizing part is USD40! wah, i should've wait la

houndstooth said...

Very true words! When we visit the nursing homes, often we are the only visitors that some of the residents see all month. I hope that when I'm that old, I'll have lived a life where people want to keep coming and seeing me.

the booker man said...

my mama says thankies for this post cuz the thingies that you listed are good to think about. i'm hopin' for less work and more play time, too. :)

the booker man

Spiffy said...

What? You mean I don't really have to forward all those emails? Darn! LOL!

Marg said...

Those are super points to write down and really think about. If more of us thought about all those things, we would probably have a better world and thought about them before it was time to die.
Sure glad to know I don't have to read or forward those nutty emails. I don't do it anyway.
Have a great Sat.

BeadedTail said...

Those are all great points that we can learn from. Thanks for sharing them!