It is grisly and frightening, but death is unavoidable. All we can hope for is that when the time comes, we are content with ourselves and with our efforts to have led our lives meaningfully in this world. I recently read a wonderful book “Tuesdays with Moorie” by Mitch Albom, a thought provoking true story of a professor who is a victim of a terminal disease and knows that he is going to die soon. The book is about the professor’s emotional state, after he finds out about his illness.
After reading the book, I conducted an exercise with a few people, asking them what they would do on the last day of their lives. I questioned the young and the old, men and women, to uncover their true regrets at the end of their life’s journey. This turned out to be one of the greatest learning experiences of my life so far.
The people whom I questioned did not have any terminal disease, nor was it the last day of their lives. I just asked them to assume that it was, to think of the regrets they would have, and to describe what they would do differently. Here are the most common five responses:
I wish I had the courage to live a meaningful and purposeful life, rather than the life the whole world wanted me to live.
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