Tuesday, July 21, 2015

10 Things You Won't Say on Your Deathbed...

Lately I've noticed how easy it can be to get so caught up in the things we have to do that we forget to embrace the things we enjoy. This fact has led me to ruminating on the idea of what one ideally wants one's life to have been when one reaches the end of it.

As such, I have compiled a top ten list (of course--what else does one do with these things?) of things that I don't believe* anyone has ever said on their deathbed:

*Note that I said believe. Obviously, this is skewed by own personal perspective on life which is biased by any number of factors.

  1. I wish I'd had less sex.
  2. I wish I'd worked more.
  3. I wish I'd listened to less music.
  4. I wish I'd spent less time outside
  5. I wish I'd seen less of the world.
  6. I wish I'd read fewer books.
  7. I wish I'd tried fewer foods.
  8. I wish I'd spent less time with loved ones.
  9. I wish I'd tried fewer new activities.
  10. I wish I'd had fewer adventures.

Using a bit of backwards mapping (can you tell I was a teacher for ten years?) I believe I can extrapolate a decent set of life goals from those. 

Thoughts? Suggestions? Additions? Subtractions?


  1. Great list. I"d add
    I wish I'd redone the bathroom instead of going to Argentina.

    1. Excellent addition! Doubt anyone's ever said that.