"I wish that I had let myself be happier."

Nurse Records the Most Common Regrets of the Dying

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Thu, Feb 9th, 2012 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The Guardian, Susie Steiner looks at Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who collected the regrets of the dying, while she cared for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives.

This may sound cruel, but it actually is quite a powerful learning tool for those of us who still have a chance to reach their death-beds with far more satisfaction than any of the people she spoke to.

Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. "When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently," she says, "common themes surfaced again and again."

Some of those themes reflect our need to live our life according to our own terms and not according to those imposed by our social construction.

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