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“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t matter.”

In 2009 palliative care nurse Bonnie Ware wrote a touching and eye-opening article that she called ‘Regrets of the Dying’ in which she revealed some of the raw, honest conversations that she shared with her patients during their final weeks. These conversations talked about not only their impending death but largely about the life that they lived and the things they wished that they had done differently.

When faced with our own mortality, we begin to reflect upon the various choices we have made throughout our lives and the actions we have taken. We start to consider the ‘what if’ factors, wondering how life may have been different should we have chosen another path or acted in a different way. Rather than waiting for our own final weeks, take these revelations to heart allowing them to influence your own daily life. After reading through the following regrets, take the time to reassess what you consider to be appropriate in your own life and reconsider your priorities.


This infographic created by outlines the top 10 regrets of the dying: