‘I wish that I had let myself be happier’.
Regret Number 5 – The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying
Welcome to the final part in this series on balance. How are you feeling?
Hopefully energised and inspired to dig into your life and make any changes that feel right for you.
I chose to include the Top 5 Regrets of the Dying in this series because so often we think we’ve got all the time in the world. Yet none of us know how much time we actually do have.
It makes sense to me to begin with the end in mind. In this way we’re able to consciously create the experiences we want to have, for we’re the creator of our life.
Do any of these resonate with you where you are now?
#1 – I wish I 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 much.
#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.
In Part 1, I spoke about the need for self-awareness in order to understand balance.
Reflecting on the points above is a great place to start.
Understanding the mechanics, the derailers and the foundations will absolutely set you on the right path.
I’d like to leave you with 3 practices. In my experience these make for a fulfilling life:
Practice healthy boundaries, heartfelt communication and use your in-built guidance system to let you know when you’re on the right track.
Remember – you’re always on the right track. You can’t get it wrong. Your feelings are your guide.
Know what’s important, what to say yes to, what to say no to. Remember that in saying no to others you can be saying yes to you.
Have courage. It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Experience a kinder and gentler existence for yourself and others as you remember we’re all human beings doing the best we can with what we know how. If we knew how to do better, we would.
Life’s all about expansion. My wish for you is to live the full catastrophe.
Let me know how you go!
* ‘Top 5 Regrets of the Dying’ by Bronnie Ware