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For many years Bronnie Ware worked in palliative care. Her patients were those who returned home to die. She was with many of them for up to 3 months. During her times with them she saw them experience a variety of emotions: denial, fear, anger, remorse, and eventually, acceptance. But every single patient found peace before death took them.

The main regrets her patients expressed were:

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. Men, especially, missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. Many had suppressed feelings in order to keep peace with others.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. It all comes down to love and relationships in the end.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier. 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.


Those are all worthwhile things to think about. I'm grateful that I've done much of that, and hope I can achieve the last bits before I too pass from this dimension.

- Erulisse (one L)
I know that first one so well, and perhaps I am achieving it.

I hope I'm giving the others a good run too! :o)
Excellent. Thanks for sharing.