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 number one regret that Bonnie heard. When the end is near people often remember all the dreams that they didn’t follow.
2. “I wish I didn’t work so hard.”
Many people told Bonnie that they became so focused on making money that they didn’t spend enough time with their partners and children. When they were on their deathbed, they realized that time with their family was more important than having more money.
3. “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”
A lot of people said that they would have been happier if they had been more honest about their feelings. These people had pushed their true feeling down and worried too much about what other people thought.
4. “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”
In their last days of life, many people thought back to all the wonderful friendships they had had and felt bad that they had lost contact with them.
5. “I wish that I had let myself be happier.”
Many dying people also told Bonnie that they wish they had been more open to change. Happiness is a choice. Over the years they had followed the same patterns and closed the door on new choices that could have made them happier.
Once a circle missed a wedge. The circle wanted to be whole, so it went around looking for its missing piece. But because it was incomplete and therefore could roll only very slowl