Today I read a moving article in The Guardian - “Top five regrets of the dying." It made me wonder about my own life. The first thing that came to mind was my family history project.
The article is based on Australian nurse Bronnie Ware, who spent several years working in hospice care with patients in the last few months of their lives. She included the patients' comments in a blog, Inspiration and Chai and authored a book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.
Among the common regrets:
- I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected.
- I wish I had not worked so hard.
- I wish I had the courage to express my feelings
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish I had let myself be happier
I believe many people also hold the regret of not having explored their family history. Often we rush to work on family history as our most senior relatives can be lost at any time.
But, what about us? It can happen to us independently of our own age. Perhaps now is the time to begin or to continue our family history exploration. Tomorrow may be too late.
What are your thoughts?