1. I wish I had the courage to act upon some of the dreams and aspirations I had for myself rather than follow the traditional role that our culture expected of me.
When you realize that you’re almost out of time those activities or pursuits that you’ve denied yourself creep back into your conscience and cause regret.
How many of your dreams have remained unfulfilled? Most people haven’t even honored half of the things they eventually wanted to do.
Unfortunately, they had to die knowing that it was due to the “rational and responsible” choices they had made, based on the prevailing thinking of what our society dictates as a “normal” pursuit.
2. I wish I’d taken better care of my health.
It is crucial to honor at least some of your dreams along the way. The moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health allows freedom very few realize and appreciate … until they no longer have it.
3. I wish I didn’t work so hard
When you’re spending most of your time pursuing the almighty dollar and focusing solely on your career you miss your children’s youth and your partner’s companionship.
Too much of your mental and physical energy is spent on the treadmill of work existence to afford the trappings of material possessions we’ve been conditioned to aspire toward.
By simplifying your lifestyle and prioritizing your choices along the way, it’s possible to make less and enjoy more. And when you’re happier, opportunities that align with your new lifestyle will present themselves and satisfy your ambitions.
4. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
More than likely you’ve concealed certain feelings and aspirations to “keep the peace” or “get along” with others. As a result you’ve settled for a mediocre existence and have not become the person you were truly capable of becoming.
Physical pains and Illness manifest when your body attempts to communicate to your consciousness the bitterness and resentment you’ve repressed.
It’s important to speak honestly to yourself and others. Their initial reaction may be negative but it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.
5. I wish I had stayed in touch with old friends and relatives.
When you get caught up in your own life golden friendships slip away over the course of years.
Friendships deserve time and effort and will sustain the connections you will need to preserve your peace of mind and well being into your later years.
Money and status mean nothing. Love and relationships are everything.
6. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Happiness is a relative thing. You may think you’re happy enough in your so-called comfort zone of familiarity but you COULD be MUCH HAPPIER.
Fear of change will cause you to pretend to others, and yourself, that you are content. Deep within, however, your body knows better and longs to laugh more and embrace the joy that silliness can bring.
What others think of you is none of your business. There is nothing better than letting go and smiling again. And smiling even more.
In life there are many choices. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose HAPPINESS.