Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who spent several years providing palliative care to persons in their last three months of life, has compiled a list of the five most common regrets that she observed among the dying:
- I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
- I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish I let myself be happier. (Susie Steiner, "Top five regrets of the dying," The Guardian, 1 February 2012)