I’ve just been reading a Sunday Times News Review article on the top five regrets of people who are dying.  The article is taken from a book based on a blog by Bronnie Ware, an Australian palliative carer, “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying:  A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing”.

They are:

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

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard

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

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

5. I wish I’d let myself be happier.


I know that my diagnosis is not a terminal one, but cancer still is a terrible path, and the treatment can be as agonising as the disease.  So when I got my diagnosis I was struck by a moment of clarity because I knew what emotional upheaval had led to the cancer and I vowed to turn my life around.  Unfortunately, months down the road, I seemed to have lost that courage and I’m still struggling with fear of change.  I felt as if I hadn’t done anything that had changed lives.

If you’re reading this and you’re well, do something today that will make you feel proud of yourself, for yourself.