I came across this article, Top Five Regrets of the Dying, that someone had posted on Facebook yesterday and it really got me thinking. The article was written by a nurse who worked with patients in their last 12 weeks of life and she spoke to them about the greatest regrets of their lives.  She posted these findings on a blog found here.

Here are the top 5 regrets:  

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 hadn't worked so hard.

3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

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

For the full article click here. 

I know I'm guilty of have these regrets. 

I think no matter how much we accomplish in life we always have regrets.  We trudge along trying to please our teachers, our parents, our spouses, our children. We work hard and skip out on fun things just to have a little bit more money or that promotion that's going to make it happen.  We don't tell the people that we love them enough and suddenly they're gone.  We fight with friends and siblings over the most trivial things.  We spend so much time worrying and waiting for the next thing to happen that we're never truly happy in the right now. 
I think the best part about being young is that we have time to change these.  We have time to figure out what we want in life to be happy, to learn to appreciate all of our blessings, to take that vacation or call out sick, to tell our family and friends that we love them over and over again, and to put the worry aside and start enjoying this moment because we're never getting this moment back so why not make the best of it!? 

Do you have any regrets?  


  1. love this!! always nice to have a reminder to keep things in perspective.

    a peek of chic

  2. Such a beautiful post! Definitely have many things I would like to change but having kids has helped me to realize what kind of changes in my life will prevent me from having regrets in the future!

  3. This is such a wonderful reminder!! I once thought about the things I would tell my younger self, but I like this idea. Let's live in the present so our future self can be proud!

  4. Isn't it crazy how life can get so busy that we forget the simple things that make us & keep us happy!? Thanks for posting this wonderful reminder. It's so important to always cherish everyday :)

  5. wow, i'm definitely guilty of all of these too. definitely puts things into perspective!
    xo TJ

  6. Love it. #1 is why I decided to leave my job and go back to teaching. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I'm guilty of all of these and then some. Time for change!


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