This quote struck me in the new Vanity Fair interview with Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce Jenner):
“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.”
I found this especially interesting because I recently read about Bronnie Ware’s the Top Five Regrets of the the Dying. Ware worked as a palliative care nurse for people who had gone home to die. She talked a great deal with her patients and found that “When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again.”
The number one regret is:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
Ware writes: “This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
“It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”