Normally I don’t post on the weekends since I’m usually on my xbox and not my laptop, but I was reading this article on ny phone. It was shared, by the Buddhism page I follow on Facebook. Haha, I like to learn in my spirituality everywhere.
It is about the top regrets people have at the end of their lives.
Let me stop you now if you get a little bit depressed at morbid things. I will try to stay as light as I can.
I was reading through this list and I can honestly say, if I were to be told I was going to die in the next 5 minutes, I would only have one regret. It would be that I can’t brace my younger siblings for it. Since the inception of my religion into my inner self, I have a new outlook. I live happily, I try to do what I want and don’t hold myself back for anyone. I work very hard, but I make time to see those I care about. I express my feelings, to a degree that I’m content with.
I hold no regrets in life. I now realize I hold no regrets in death as well.
I know that’s a bold and definite statement to make. I assume you may be thinking “How can he know that for sure until he’s in that position?”. I believe it. To me, that’s stronger than knowing. Knowing is proven. Believing is hoping and faith based. It takes a lot more resolve to sit on the unproven than to rely on the proven to support you.
But the top answer on that list, was definitely mine for a long time.
I say that like I’m 40 years old or something. I’m sorry. I am only 24 with, hopefully, a long life ahead of me if it is to be.
The number one regret on the list was ” I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” I think most, if not all, people could relate to that one. From when we are young, we take on what the elders expect of us and we try to fit that mold. We are surrounded by pressure from our peers and it causes conformance to avoid being outcasted. By the time adulthood is reached, sometimes it’s already too late to fully be what we want. Sometimes the opportunity for our dreams have come and gone, too distant to be recovered.
In few cases, we are content enough to not fully miss what could have been.
In few cases, we are so miserable with what has become of the lives we’ve chosen to please those in view of us.
..in few cases, life is so inconsequential that it doesn’t even matter.
This is just my quick thoughts on the matter. I’m currently on a bus heading to see my little brothers and my stop is almost here.
Til next time. Don’t live to end in regret.