Regret is all about being sorry for yourself because of something you did, or because of something you did not do. Either one can have a huge impact in your life. Often, individuals with terminal illnesses experience regret during those final few weeks or months of their lives. Sina Anvari talks about a nurse who reveals the top five regrets people make on their deathbed. After reading this, one of them stood out the most: “I wish I didn’t work so hard.” This means that people spend much of their lives working hard to make money and not spend time at all with their children, and wives/husbands. People take their family for granted. They think that they have so much time to do fun things later, and focus on their work. However they do not realize that life can be very short. It is full of surprises and can have unexpected events. One such event might be being diagnosed with a terminal disease, and that is when reality hits them. Terminal diseases not only come with end-of-life decisions, but also with the fact that many start thinking about their lives and everything they did. Many regret things, and others do not. However, the most common thing people regret is definitely not having spent more time with their family more.
I have definitely learned many things from this class. However the most important one that I learned is to always try to spend time with my family. Whenever I think of them, I always remember the numerous holidays, birthdays and vacations we all spent together as a family. Even though there were fights all along, at the end we all forgive each other and love each other for who we are. Death is inevitable in life, and that is why we need to prioritize things. We need to know who is important, and try to spend as much time with them as we can.
“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.”