I know this might be a bit of a sombre thought but have you ever wondered what might be your biggest regret if you were to discover you were about to die.

I had the great pleasure last year to attend a conference where Bronnie Ware spoke. Bronnie was a palliative care nurse for a number of years and supported people through their  final moments. She has written a beautiful book called the “Five Regrets of the Dying”. Want to know what the number one regret is?

Well, when people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy for them to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people do not honour even a half of their dreams and have to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or did not make. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it. Please don’t live a life that ends with you becoming a statistic that says you too had the number 1 regret of the dying:

“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

Here’s to using our lives on purpose.

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