Avoiding the Top 5 Deathbed Regrets
by Jeff Berwick
Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse recently wrote an article encompassing her experiences of numerous conversations with those on their deathbed and their regrets. It occurred to us that many of those regrets can be relieved or lessened by a lifestyle that we advocate here at TDV.
Let’s take a look at each:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
She goes on to say, “it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way.”
This is probably the #1 regret of TDV readers as well. We can’t count the amount of emails we get where people tell us they have always wanted to live in another country or culture but they never do it… for a variety of reasons. But, the reasons are mostly unimportant in the grand scheme of things. They usually pertain to fear. But it is important to recognize that a fear of foreign cultures is instilled in most of us through propaganda. The nightly news in most western countries tries to make the world look as scary as possible. Take for example this recent headline, “Mexican Swine Flu Outbreak Kills 29, Infects Nearly 1,500”. Wow, you might think! We better cancel that trip to Mexico! But the total amount of people killed in the US every year from “regular” flu-associated deaths ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people according to the CDC. Where is the “US Flu Outbreak Kills 10,000+, Infects Millions” headline?
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.