What’s your biggest regret in life?
Once you’ve decided on your answer, check out this video to see what other people said to the same question… and what their answers all have in common.
If you watched the video right through to the end, you’ll have seen that the biggest regrets were always the things people *didn’t* do, rather than the things they *did*.
And sure, that’s partly just a matter of language. Regardless of whether someone said “I regret not getting married,” or “I regret staying single,” they’d still be talking about the same thing. But the choice of words shows that in their minds and hearts, they see it as a road not travelled; a missed opportunity.
The things you neglect, and the opportunities you never try, are the ones that’ll haunt you.
Back in 2009, when palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware collected her terminally ill patients’ thoughts and put them into a blog post, she had no idea how huge an impact it would have. Bronnie’s post went viral, and led to her publishing a book titled “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”.
The thing is, if you look at those top five regrets, they show a similar pattern. In her book, Bronnie phrased each one as a wish – for example, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” But you can easily see how that could also be phrased as the regret of “Not having the courage to live a life true to myself.”
So here’s what I hope you’ll take from this message:
Seize opportunities, with both hands. Work hard, play hard, and be yourself – every day.