Deathbed Regrets

Glasgow Botanics, 2012

Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 2011

Here you are some of the things people regret on their deathbed:

  1. I wish I hadn’t worked that much.
  2. I wish I had kept in touch with my friends.
  3. I wish I had allowed myself to be happier.
  4. I wish I had had the courage to express my true self.
  5. I wish I had lived a life faithful to my dreams instead of to the expectations others had about me.

How many of these regrets are already part of your life?

We all have our little or big kind of “phantom life”: unrequited loves, prizes you’ve never been awarded, jobs you weren’t offered, broken promises… So, what? If you miss the boat, wait for the next one and get on it; if there are no more boats, look for a bus, a car, a bike… you still have your feet to walk. You can spend your life regretting all those everyday disappointments or, on the contrary, celebrating, modestly, leisurely and without conceit, all those little life pleasures that, in the end, you can decide to enjoy.

Michael Thallium

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