“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not a life others expected of me”
Taken from “The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying”
By Bronnie Ware
Death is one of life’s great taboos.
Ironic then, isn’t it, that Bronnie Ware’s book, inspired by the most common regrets of her dying patients, has sold the wide world over – in no less than 27 languages.
Equally ironic is the conversation stopping effect death has in life when Ware’s findings reveal that death is, in fact, the greatest invigorator out there. Bypassing ego, image and obligation, death sieves through bullshit and cuts straight to point - distilling truth in its purest form.
Five core truths, in fact – which level us all.
And that, Dear Reader, is what many of us are too busy to realise day to day – what really matters in life – and that’s what makes Ware’s book so powerful.
If that all sounds a bit on the heavy side, check out the top five regrets of the dying here and prepare to feel a whole lot lighter.
For as Steve Jobs, the man who ‘had it all’, warned:
“At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless”.
So if you think you’re too busy to read the above article, all the more reason to.
For as the Dalai Lama so wisely reflected when asked what surprised him most about man: