So you’re on your deathbed. You’ve lived a long and vibrant life. You have your family around you. You’re ready to cross over feeling very content and complete; ready to move on the next adventure waiting for you on the other side.
What would you like to say as your parting words to your friends, family, world?
Today’s post was inspired by a story that came through the Facebook pipeline called “Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed.” The actual post on which it was based is called “Regrets of the Dying” by Bronnie Ware, a nurse who spent years with dying people.
The “regrets” – in brief:
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I didn’t work 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 that I had let myself be happier.
So here’s what I think…
- There’s still time to make some changes.
- There’s still time to live the life that is waiting for you all along.
- There’s still time to discover, and enjoy, a little heaven on earth before it’s time to actually go there.
If you need a little assist, I offer some nuggets of wisdom from the Goddess of Hardscrabble and Heart – one of my all time favorite writers – Anne Lamott:
- “I hope you have gotten sufficiently tired of hitting the snooze button…
- “Every single day I try to figure out something I no longer agree to do. You get to change your mind—your parents may have accidentally forgotten to mention this to you. I cross one thing off the list of projects I mean to get done that day…
- “You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don’t think your way into becoming yourself.”
- “The very center is the truth of your spiritual identity: is you. Fabulous, hilarious, darling, screwed-up you.”
p.s. I hope that my parting words would be something along the lines of: “Wow. That was one hell of a ride! Especially when I finally figured out how to slow down, keep it simple, and stop taking my self so seriously.”
How about you?