Well, I was going to tell you in this post about my long day yesterday that started at 4.30am with the alarm and (almost) finished as I got in as 12.30am. I was going to mention how I managed to introduce myself to some colleagues who were in London from the US with scrambled egg congealing in my hair. And how I did that thing where I put my tights on with one leg slightly twisted which made me feel like my leg had been put on at the wrong angle all day…
But actually I’m going to be relatively sensible. Last night I went to the leaving do of a really, really lovely colleague. In her leaving speech she mentioned a weird conversation she’d had the night before (with the colleagues I’d met with breakfast congealing in my hair…I may not have seemed quite as odd to them as I originally thought). They’d discussed the findings of a study of the top five regrets of the dying.
They were these:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
They’re a pretty good guide in life whether you are a really, really lovely colleague, a drunken minion (as I was last night) or if you are a….Norman cat. (ok, maybe Norman would only be bothered about the amount of food he may have missed out on over time, but you get my drift…)
Worth thinking about maybe?
As a couple of wrinklies who, when looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, realise they can’t see the light at the begining any more,your blog seems very profound. If you are one of those fortunate people for whom both lights are about the same size, try your best to at least address a couple of the regrets.
Hair full of scrambled eggs would seem to be a good start!
Well said. (I think!) ;o)x
I’m honoured to say that I am the colleague referred to in the Any Regrets blog. The person who posted the original post is one of the nicest, kindest people I know. And talking about regrets, I never got the chance to spend more time with her….
Thank you, that is a lovely thing to read – my smile will last a long time. I share the same regret, so we must stay in touch. I miss you!x