The top 5 regrets of the dying (1)

By | 2015/03/15

This is a well-known story published in 2012. I would like to write them down here since they are so important to me as well.

The original author is Bronnie Ware.

The Australian author, Bronnie, changed her jobs for several times in different countries in order to find what she wants, and then she became a nurse in a life-ending institute. While she was taking care of those patients facing the end of their lives, she heard many stories describing how and what they are regretful to their lives, and she classified these stories into 5 major groups.

These 5 major regrets gave me impacts to the focus of my life and the pattern of time distribution of my days while letting me be sure that where I’m going toward and what I’m doing won’t make me regret at the end of my life.

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


Many people chose the path of their lives according to others’ expectation. The best path in others’ eyes, which is often not what they desire, nor bringing them happiness. However, they usually noticed this fact very late.

Did you experience or hear these examples ever? People try hard to become medical doctors or lawyers because of the social status. Some others enter financial or consulting industries due to the high pay. Some become the owner of his/her family business because his/her parents told him/her to do so. Some become government servants because their parents want them to have stable jobs. Some enter graduate school only because all their friends are trying to enter graduate schools. Some simply eat hamburger but not other food because all their friends chose hamburger.

In a long life like every one of us, we all did and experienced lots of things so far. What if we die tomorrow? Will you feel regretful for your life so far?

Do you want to be a medical doctor because you desire to be from the deepness of your heart? What do dream to be in your lawyer career? What do you really love to do in financial and consulting industries? Don’t you have your own goals while taking your family business over? What do you want to learn and in which field do you want to grow in graduate school? Why didn’t you simply choose your favorite food: apple pie?

There are 2 kinds of regrets.

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2 thoughts on “The top 5 regrets of the dying (1)

  1. 許小芬

    The most regretful thing until now in my life is that I was not ready to say goodbye with my dearest father(liver cancer) in life-ending institution when I was only 26 years old.

  2. tei Post author

    Sorry that I didn’t notice your comment. Wow, that must be a very bad time for you. But I believe you must know more than others about how to live without leaving regrets in the future.


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