Nothing is quite as clarifying as staring death straight in the eye.

Every time someone I know becomes seriously ill or passes away, I get crystal-clear on how well I’m living my life. And what I need to change to live it better.

And so this article from the Daily Mirror struck me. It’s insight from a palliative nurse who shared the 5 most common regrets she hears from her dying patients.

The top 5 regrets in order are:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not what others expect of me
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
  4. I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends
  5. I wish I’d let myself be happier.

I challenge you to the full article and ask yourself what single thing you would change in your life so you don’t end up regretful in the end. Let the dying teach us how to really live.