Bronnie Ware is the author of the full-length memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – released worldwide, with translations in 27 languages. She interviews patients on their death beds. 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.
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. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
“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.”
When you love, do it deeply. Don’t be afraid to ask the question, “will you marry me.” Our time on this earth is precious. Spend it with the ones your soul yearns for. As another honest quote once said, “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming — WOW– What a Ride!”