Monday 25 November 2013

Thought Picnic: Live Your Life And Avoid Deathbed Regrets

Tackling regret before it sets
This morning as I was going through my feeds and other traffic on my Social Media world, and I happened upon this article that I was quite persuaded to share.
Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed. Reading through I could not help but realise that I was once quite vulnerable and close to death but almost in too much pain to have regrets, I just needed something to deaden the pain and some other thing to keep the food down. [KarenStan]
Second chances
Beyond that experience was the hope that I will survive my ordeal, and as soon as I did, I found myself revisiting places I had been to before just to prove to myself that I had recovered, even though my life had radically changed.
I am grateful that I have done things I have never thought possible before my life-threatening experience and with this new lease of life that I have, it is important that one handles the issues listed well before they become the pointers of regret without any more time to fulfil them.
Live your life
Recently, I believe my writing has been more personal, honest and deep; it is important as I sometimes tell one of my closest friends that we begin to live our own lives by coming out of the shadows and wholeheartedly applying ourselves to the pursuit of goodness, happiness, well-being and fulfilment.
There are parts of our lives and personalities we have held back in conformity and adaptation to the environments and communities we belong to that the full expression of who we are is stifled for convenience, probably fear or even shame.
We live our lives so different from who we really are, so as to be accepted by people who expect us to be what we are not. Constantly fending off pressures and interferences with tact and dissimulation bordering on lies when we must be true to ourselves whether we be accepted and loved or not, because the deathbed regrets will always be personal, never communal.
Beyond the wishes
Therefore, I ask you to review the list and the article, take yourself from the wishing to the doing and then to the accomplishment. Whilst we are able, strong, healthy and have the means, there is much to be done until nothing else can be done. Have the courage of your convictions and refuse to be a victim of the circumstances you find yourself in.
If the last expression is happy and the end seems fulfilled with a smile of satisfaction of a life well lived, we would have ushered ourselves away from our mortal coils with a sense of achievement and a story well told after we are gone.
1. I wish I had had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I did not work so hard.
3. I wish I had had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Always have this in mind - You’re free, to do what you want to do
Ultra Nat̩ РFree (1997)
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Where did we go wrong
Where did we lose our faith
My brother is in need
But can he depend on me?

Do you think if one of you tried
Maybe you could find
A better friend than any other?

If you gave more than you took
Life could be so good
Come on and try, now's the time

'Cause you're free
To do what you want to do
You've got to live your life
Do what you want to do

Do what you want
Do what you want to do

Are we all strangers?
Does anyone really care?
Deep down we're all the same
Trying to hide our pain

You think you can never trust another
'Cause they're all out to get ya
We have to live in this world together

If we open up our hearts
Love can finally start
Come on and try, now's the time

'Cause you're free
To do what you want to do
You've got to live your life
Do what you want to do

Bridge when you're down and you're feeling bad
Everybody has left you sad
Feels like no one will pull you through
It's your life, whatcha gonna do?

Make that change, let's start today
Get outta bed, get on your way
Don't be scared, your dream's right there
You want it, reach for it

'Cause you're free
To do what you want to do
You've got to live your life
Do what you want to do

Do what you want
Do what you want to do

Courtesy MetroLyrics
Ultra Naté, Lem Springsteen, John Ciafone
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