Nurse Reveals The Top 5 Regrets People Make on Their Deathbed

by Rachel Gertz

Nurse Reveals The Top 5 Regrets People Make on Their Deathbed

Stumbled upon this post after others linked to it on Facebook. It felt so true that I emailed it to my family and friends. Today it feels so honest that I’m posting it because I want to see how long it’s been since we considered these truths. 

My personal hang up is number 5. I need to understand that it’s okay for me to be happy. I’m allowed.

What’s your hang up?

Anyway, this is what I read when I want to give myself a break and let myself feel happy (besides doing copious amounts of drugs, partying, alcohol, and naked jumping jacks). Just kidding.

I’m too uncoordinated for jumping jacks. 

It’s called Wild Geese. It’s my favourite. 

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good. 
You do not have to walk on your knees 
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. 
You only have to let the soft animal of your body 
love what it loves. 

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. 
Meanwhile the world goes on. 
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain 
are moving across the landscapes, 
over the prairies and the deep trees, 
the mountains and the rivers. 

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, 
are heading home again. 

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, 
the world offers itself to your imagination, 
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place 
in the family of things.

Mary Oliver

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