Happy new year!
I wish you all the best in 2019.
Now you should be thinking, hey the year has just started why are we talking about death. Here is the fact, we never talk about death, knowing its inevitable and can strike anyone anywhere.
The book that I am talking about has been written by Bonnie Ware, an Australian writer, a carer and artist (songwriting). The book The Top Five Regrets Of the Dying was published about six years ago and I came across it when I was listening to the Podcast: The school of greatness.
The Top Five Regrets of The Dying in my view is one of the books that should be read again and again, as a reminder that in the end it does not matter.
The book presents a perfect (almost) blend of the authors experiences as a free spirit who did not liked to be weight down by societies norms. To maintain her freedom, and earn money she begins to care of people who are at the end of their lives. Through her journey she discovers her love for writing (which has been pushed down by other stuff) and over coming her fear of performing in public, although she is a fantastic singer.
The most striking feature of the book is the real stories of men and women, and their families and how they deal with losing someone. Men who did not express themselves and took their words to their grave. Their families would never know how they felt, just because they refuse to communicate what they felt. Women who sustained abuse for long time, only to struck by illness when it was their time to thrive. Well, its not just about the old, its also about the young who despite of all the opportunities (money and support) just gave up.
It will make you cry. It will make you laugh. It will remind you of your grandmother or anyone who is no longer around. You can connect to these stories because either you or someone close to you has gone through similar situation.
You might think, oh I have no regrets (just like me). But the book raises several questions in your mind like: Do I know how to deal with death (yours or loved ones)? Have I lived my life to the fullest? Am I blaming other people or situations instead of taking complete responsibility? I am making the grand excuse, oh I have to earn money/fame/please my friends instead of being honest and expressive? Are you killing yourself at a job which at the end of the decade would mean nothing?
I hope this article prompts you to read this book. I wished I had read it years ago.
Let 2019, be a new chapter in your life where you decide to live without any regrets.
If this article has in anyway helped or inspired you, please share with your family and friends. I really appreciate you guys!
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