Friday, December 7, 2012

Authenticity: A life less fearful

A tweet friend, Dr Samantha Thomas just posted a link to one of my favourite Guardian articles: the top five regrets of the dying.

I think I've posted about it before. Not sure.

But here's the first:

Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware:

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

Every day presents us with moments to live a life that's true to ourselves and compromising doesn't seem such a big deal. A racist joke in a bar that we let slide, a totally wrong call somewhere else that we go along with, a friend on the ropes that we tend not to notice. Before we know it we're a shell of our former self and nothing, much, matters any more.

And the price we've paid doesn't become apparent until we're facing death and wondering "will anybody care?". Now that scares me more than joblessness, destitution or being accepted by certain crowds.

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