Have you got the guts to walk away from your career, your work, your obsession with comfort and money, your pride - to spend more time doing what's really important?
Do your kids mean enough? Or are you just another noise who goes through life just SAYING they are your everything ?? Words mean nothing. Your kids don't hear your Love unless they see it. Don't kid yourself otherwise.
Believe me, you have to pretend you're nearly dead, at least want to be or just plain fucking crazy to even make it possible for most of us in today's society...and lie more than you knew possible , lie so much you actually forget what truth is - but it is part of the cost of not having such a regret when you're on deaths door....
Just to get some resemblance of peace, a day without opinion or judgement from others and the strength to fight the "What the Fuck have I Done?" Monster that loves to share your bed with you after midnight...
This really is the most important thing you can read among all this other non-sensical meaningless jibber...
There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'.
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai.
Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. "When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently," she says, "common themes surfaced again and again."
Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware:
1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
"This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled.
Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it."
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
"This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence."
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
"Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result."
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
"Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down.
Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying."
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
"This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits.
The so-called 'comfort' of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. 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."
Only the truly courageous will make the change. Time is running out. Faster than you can imagine. Only you can answer the most important question. Most of us won't ask it of ourselves...Let alone answer it truthfully out aloud...
" Do I Love My Kids and Their Lives more than I Love My Own?? "
For most people, the truth is plain to see.