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Found this interesting article
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."
Number 2 is one I'm worried about... greatest regret so far? Anything you plan to achieve or change before you croak?
A palliative nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life?
I'm kinda depressed now...
Opening scene of Shallow Hal.
#6. Don't be satisfied with routine poontang.
(couldn't find the video)
This post was edited by Spartan8Ball 2 years ago
Good one.... I meant this to be in Wells.... ah well
Yeah, take your depressing/sick topics over there.
I think that's what i just said.
#7 - Don't get high off your own supply.
I bought some batteries, but they weren't included... so I had to buy them again. What do batteries run on?
How can anyone know if someone has regrets after dying? What if dying is so awsome that it just erases all regrets from living?
Such an existential question. +1
I know what mine is gonna be......................dying!
It's wishes, not maxims.
Don't post poop!
#6 - I wish I hand't wasted so much time on this f***ng board.
I wish I had died years ago
I wish I would have actually hunted that bastard on the message board down and beat him within an inch of his life...
What if the light at the end of the tunnel is actually you being born?
Incorrect, Universe expansion, implosion.
We live the exact same life every few billion years forever and ever.
I want to know a dying persons thoughts on anal.
Woah! Are you living your life over and over again, or are you being reincarnated into a different life at a different time?
If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day.
holy shit. This one is interesting!
I don't see this as realistic. All five of these are simply trade offs. Life is full of trade offs, in fact you could argue that the entire experience is a series of calculated trade offs.
If these guys had it to do over again, I would bet that very few changes would actually be made. Sure, it would be awesome to watch your kids grow up, but then your family ends up living in a house half the size of what you currently have and has to share one beat up 10 year old van.
You want to live true to yourself? Well often that means a completely different life path with a full set of different relationships. Look, no one likes the etiquette and ass kissing associated with the country club lifestyle, but you do it to build a network and surround yourself with individuals of means. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it isn't a necessary evil.
#4 will not be a regret when our generations begin to die off. The advent of social media has eliminated this issue almost entirely.
So when would you totally forget your previous existence?
My last baby didn't seem very worldly after she shot out of mom's junk.
If this were the case...I could say that the soul from a deceased person doesn't enter a new form until right before a birth.
Pro-Choice people would love this argument!
(Did I just Wells this shit?)
Country club? You think that's what they mean? I read that as something totally different.
Also, re: #4... While all on facebook, the old roommates and I haven't seen each other together in like 5 years because of one circumstance or another... I can see how it would be a concern.
I do get your point about "calculated trade offs"...
That list is fraught with feelings of regret for choices people have to make--such as working, or choosing a path in life that may not comport with who you hoped to grow up to be..
Check this article about "finishing with no regrets" I thought it was pretty well done.
A new book called “30 Lessons for Living” draws from interviews with more than 1,000 older Americans from different economic, educational and occupational strata.
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