THE #1 REGRET OF THE DYING

A study by Bronnie Ware

The #1 Regret of the Dying

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Have you ever heard the #1 regret of the dying?

For many years, Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse, took care of people during their final three to twelve weeks to live.  During this time, by far the most common regret she heard was that people wished they had had the courage to live a life true to themselves, not the life others had expected of them.

Take a moment to think about that.  The #1 regret of people in their final days was that they didn’t live a life true to themselves.

It’s very sad, really.  We go through our entire lives, and for what?  Just to work so we can pay the bills?  Just to survive?  To barely make it through, day by day?  Sadly this is how many people are living.  

Life is more than just waking up everyday and going through the motions.  It shouldn’t be mundane.  We shouldn’t be slaves to our expenses.  Are we trapped in a cycle of get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed, and repeat? 

If so, where’s life?

Is this how its supposed to be?  Undoubtedly, not.  So why do so many of us live this way?

Sure, we may see bits and pieces of life here and there, but shouldn’t the best in life be something of abundance, not scarcity?  

In John 10:10, Jesus says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Which life are you living?  Has your life been stolen, killed, and destroyed?  Or are you living the abundant life?

Are you living life true to yourself or just following the crowd?

James 4:14 says “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

It is definitely important to remember, we are just passing through this life.  This is not our home.  And frankly, since we are just passing through, what do we have to lose?  We should really be going for it here!  We have the ability to live free, wonderful, and adventurous lives. 

If we’re not, we need to change something.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”—Oscar Wilde

Are you living life true to you?

What unique skills, talents, and abilities did God give you?

What does a true-to-you life look like?

I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”—Steve Jobs


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***Bronnie has 4 more top regrets of the dying.  Check out her full post to see the rest.

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