Tuesday, April 24, 2018

An Authentic Life


A palliative nurse who's comforted many at the end of life (Bronnie Ware) wrote a book "The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying." Number one on the list of regrets? "I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me."

Let's learn this lesson before it's too late. Are you living a life "true to yourself"?

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    1. Yes I am, now. For half a century I wasn't but I wised up when I hit 50. I realized then I didn't want to die without really living.

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  2. I'm getting better at being true to myself with age, but I still have a way to go. It all started at 50 for me too, which I don't think is a coincidence. A bit of now or never, I guess. Glad to read that your life is going the way you want it now! xxx

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    1. Fifty is a turning point for many. We examine our past, consider our future and realize our mortality. The question emerges: do we want to continue living the same way or make changes before we die? The prospect of increasingly-visible death heightens that analysis.

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  3. I'm still trying to figure out who my true self is, I'm ever changing and sometimes it's confusing.

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    1. It's confusing for most of us. Our understanding of ourselves is clouded by what others, especially our parents, tell us.

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  4. To live an authentic life is to ride a motorcycle wearing a tutu and heels. I would do it but I sold my bike and my tutu no longer fits.

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    1. Mike, I've done it. For pictures, go to:
      http://shybiker.blogspot.com/2011/12/i-dare-you.html

      You can always rent another bike and have your tutu tailored. :-)

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    2. I saw them. You wore it well, a little old fashioned but that's all right.

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  5. Interesting and thought provoking question Ally... i'll have to get back to you on that ;)

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    1. We all need to ask ourselves this!

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