We all have some regrets, right? Well, a nurse who spent years nursing the dying shared the top five regrets she heard from patients.
She tells the Empower Network
, "When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five..."
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
"Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits."
What do you think of the list?
4. I wish I stayed in touch with my friends.
"There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying."
3. I wish I could better 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."
2. I wish I didn't work so hard.
"This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship."
1. I wish I had more courage to be true to myself.
"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 people had.