Now it can be told.
A palliative care nurse sums it up:
The top regrets center largely around living a more authentic life:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. [...]
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
Many of the patients also wished they had spent less time working and pretending to be content, and more time with friends and actually allowing themselves to be happy. Notably: these people didn’t regret not getting promotions or making more money or being famous.
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