“Courage is being able to take the first step without fully seeing the destination beyond.”
Life throws lots of choices our way. Sometimes, in the frenzy, we grab whichever one is easiest at the time – only to realise that we’re living according to someone else principles. How do we know if you we’re heading in the right direction?
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. Through that experience, she learned that courage is essential to living a content, authentic life.
Courage to lead with your heart. Courage to connect. Courage to be joyful, creative and vulnerable. Courage to make uncomfortable choices, to change. Courage to live with integrity and authenticity. Courage to try and fail.
Here’s what people on their deathbed wished they could have done differently and what we can learn from them: profound and important lessons that few people really “get” until it’s too late.
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
“Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.”
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
“By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do.”
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
“It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. It all comes down to love and relationships in the end.”
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
“This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits.”