Bronnie Ware, a palliative nurse who watched and discussed life with her dying patients said that writing the book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying “brought her to tears.” In her tearful conversations with the dying, there were no mentions of missed promotions or lost cash. But there was regret. And what terrible regret.
Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as recorded by Ware:
- “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
- “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”
- “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”
- “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”
- “I wish I had let myself be happier.”