Top 5 Regrets from patients death beds.

It was a shock when I first read Bronnie Ware's book, an Australian nurse who provided palliative care for patients at the end of their lives. I thought how precious a gift these people had left us: having recognised common themes among what they wished they had done differently or could do now before it was too late, Nurse Ware was able to write a book that could transform the way its readers see and experience the world.

Reading her book woke me up. I developed a tender feeling of "oops"; I realised that there were things I might, looking back, regret myself. I wanted to use this thought to behave differently or make changes, even something as simple as contacting a nice friend from primary school – we shared so much laughter together... A small task and, yet, it means an awful lot to me.

I decided I should share how I feel about others in my life, for example telling my dad I am grateful for his hard work in raising me. That would mean so much to me and to him. I want to say thank you to the man, not just the father.

Below are the 5 life regrets Nurse Ware heard most from her patients' deathbeds:

  1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
  3. I wish I'd been brave enough to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had allowed myself to be happier.

What will you do with the gifts Nurse Ware's patients have left us?