15 April 2012
Top Five Regrets of The Dying
I think its important to be happy. I think its important to let your kids be happy. I think you should do what you want. As long as its moral and legal, I think everyone is entitled to do what they want with their lives, their bodies, and their minds. Not doing what you want, leads a very sad life. A life full of regret,misfortune,depression and isolation. Therefore, you should do what you want, because you will never be as young as you are now, you will never live again, and you are stuck with this decision. I ran upon this article from a online news program called The Young Turks,called "Regrets of the Dying." I'm sure you, the living, can identify with this. So here it goes:
1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
A lot of you can identify with this. Going day in and day out being what others want you to be,what society expects of you, breathing but not really living.
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
Is hard work worth it? Most times not. You spend your life being a slave to money then dying (or being so old and decrepit you don't even know where you are most of the times). Never truly enjoying your effort, or watching others who work less get all the benefit. Am I saying be unemployed or lazy? No. But think about it, if you are miserable, is it worth it?
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
Some people usually don't say how they feel in fears of being judged or rejected. But you may as well say how you feel, because people will not like you anyway. If you want to say something, just say it.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
I can't relate to this ha!Maybe when I am old and dying I will. However having true friends is a benefit. It keeps you happy,grounded, and in touch with reality.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Life is too short to be miserable, even if being miserable is inevitable for some. True happiness to me, is a scary thing, never knowing when something will abruptly end it. I have fear of true happiness, because whenever I have reached true happiness some big thing has interrupted it (death,natural disasters,misfortune) but I suppose its worth risk, if you are willing to take it.
I hope this is an inspiration to those who want to live their lives or are afraid to. Am I doing what I want? Hell no,but I'm trying...desperately trying.
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