The Big Think

August 30, 2010

Regrets of the Dying

Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 9:12 am

No, it’s not a depressing article (at least not to me). Rather, this eye-witness report from a palliative care nurse is a good self-check to see if we are living in a way that our future selves will appreciate. I’m happy to say that Future Jason is mostly pleased. I was particularly struck by #5:

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

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

I’m very blessed to be able to have silliness and fun in my life and job on a near constant basis (I wish I could share a story, but time and privacy issues are both encouraging me to keep quiet). Suffice to say that we laugh a lot around here, and try to keep an open mind toward change. I couldn’t be happier about that.

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