Against the stark backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, life, as we knew it, has been put on hold. No doubt, very few of us could say that it’s been a time of happiness and fulfilment. On a personal and professional level, I have had my fair share of ups and downs this past year.
Instead of trying to whitewash the magnitude of the socioeconomic, political, and health system upheavals from our memories, how can we make the rest of this year count?
In her best-selling memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, Bronnie Ware draws on her experiences as a palliative care nurse to share her patients’ top 5 life regrets – namely:
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish I’d let myself be happier.
Over the next five weeks, I will reflect on each of these regrets and offer suggestions about how you can get on track to live the life you deserve. I invite you to join me on this journey of self-discovery and work towards a life of happiness and fulfilment.
If you would like to be placed on my priority mailing list, please email “Happiness” to firstname.lastname@example.org. The articles will also be posted on my website and LinkedIn page. In the meantime, I will leave you with a quote from the American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn: “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it’s something you design for the present.”