One Thing You May Regret Most in Your Life!

In the future, what you may regret most is…

Not living a life true to yourself, and rather living a life others expect(ed) of you.


This is based on the fact that, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me” is what people regret most when they are about to die; as research points out! The fact that this is what people regret most should motivate (or even compel) you to do all you can to avoid this kind of regret in your life; or at least, help your child/ward and loved ones to avoid this kind of regret. This should set you reflecting on what it is that you are so preoccupied with! Is what you are doing in life what you really want(ed) to do? Is it a life true to yourself, and not the life others expect(ed) of you? These are tough questions to face; but it is better to face them now and adjust for the better rather than remaining indifferent and regretting it on your deathbed; especially if you consider that, ‘Of all the people that go to work every day, a whopping eighty-two percent (82%) wish they didn’t have to go to work.’ The truth is that, majority of people reluctantly go to work; they are so dissatisfied with their jobs someway, somehow! There is a high chance that you may be one of such; or that your people could be victims! [ See the solution/remedy; you may click here. ]

Thankfully, you now know the #1 Thing People Regret Most in Life! It is based on the findings made by Bronnie Ware, a live-in palliative care nurse who for eight years, cared for the aged and the dying during the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. As she sat with her patients, she asked about their regrets and whether they would do anything differently if they were to live life all over again. Because it was an open-ended question, the stories were vastly different, likewise the circumstances; but common themes emerged. The other top regrets were, and still are, as follows…


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

Many of us focus so much on our problems, and the things others have that we don’t have and allow those things to make as unhappy, only to realise on the deathbed that, happiness is a choice! Actually, becoming happy, is not that difficult/hard; allowing yourself not to be unhappy is the difficult/tough one, and many are caught up in that bondage. Learn how to make the choice to be happy Now – the Zing4Life way!


#4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

The surprising truth is that, Everyone misses his/her friends when dying! We all tend to be so caught up in our own lives that we let golden friendships fade away over the years, only to regret in the last moments. It means that now that you have the opportunity, you should track down all your friends; especially the old friends, and give your friendships the time and effort they deserve. You can only do so well enough when you learn to manage your time efficiently – the Zing4Life way!


#3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

This issue is of very alarming proportions if you consider that, in surveys of European and American executives, eighty five percent (85%) of them acknowledged that they had issues or concerns at work that they were afraid to raise!

Majority of people refuse to express their true opinions, so that they can keep peace with others; mainly because they don’t learn how to express their feelings in the correct way. As a result, they settle for far less than they deserve in life. Many even develop illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carry as a result of not expressing their true opinions. You can avoid this unfortunate regret in your life by learning how to manage your emotions, and also, learning how to manage people efficiently – the Zing4Life way!


#2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

Yes, and interestingly each and every one of all the male patients that Bronnie Ware nursed had this particular regret! And why would anybody regret for having worked so hard? Well, in the event of finding money to pay the bills and so on, they had been unable to balance their time well and in the process missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship, and many other things of the sort; only to realise at the last minute that those were very important things they had somehow refused to find the time for!

But one needs to work hard; or rather work ‘smart’ to acquire the luxuries of life and still manage to find enough time for the other equally important luxuries like time with the family, etc. You can help yourself by training yourself to manage your time efficiently or sufficiently well, training yourself to manage your work efficiently, training yourself to earn better income with reasonable effort and to manage that income efficiently, and training yourself to manage your health sufficiently well; the Zing4Life way!


#1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself!

Based on the findings made by Bronnie Ware, a live-in palliative care nurse, as earlier recounted above.

David K Egyir

An Architect, a Designer, and a Life Coach :: Passionate about harnessing his true / hidden potential, and helping so many people to also harness their true / hidden potential. You may click here to see more about him. To support Dave's Writing & Life-Coaching Social Ministry, you may click here.

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