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  1. Tim

    I’ve often seen this, but this is the first time I’ve answered.

    I regret the need to survive in my teenage years led me to make decisions that influenced my life in ways I did not want. This meant I did not express my feelings, and I was not true to myself.

    It does not mean I would be happier. I would have had different highs, different lows, might be dead already or might live longer than I am set to do today.

    The regrets of the dying are not as simple as the cataloguing scheme would have you believe. A major regret at my death is that I will be surrounded by those who remain of my nearest and dearest, but will remain estranged from the boy I fell in love with (though he did not with me) in 1965 when we were both 13. Dying without knowing for certain something important to me will feel hard, and I know he will either predecease me or will refuse to come to my deathbed.

    So, what will I change?

    Without upsetting those I love, how can I change a thing? Their feelings are important to me, and upsetting them will be stressful. I shall be able to die ‘happy enough’.

    • Thank you for sharing, Tim. I am grateful that this post does provoke reflection, whilst very much acknowledging that the thoughts arrived at are likely unique for each of us and can easily be respected.
      Best wishes.
      Bob.

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