Coffee Contemplation

I wonder what my final thoughts will be

todayMarch 13, 2021

Background

I stumbled upon this essay about deathbed regrets.

I thought it was worthy of a coffee contemplation. Here are the five most common regrets expressed by the dying:

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Broadly speaking, it seems most people wish for a more meaningful life.

Not the most cheery thing to be thinking about on a Saturday morning.

But it might just be the push you need to make the changes you’ve been avoiding or to do the thing you’ve been saying you’ll do someday.

Note: the essay takes a different slant and encourages people to be skeptical of deathbed regrets. But, then, that’s what philosophers do, isn’t it?

Anyway, here’s the link to the full essay.

Written by: Clay Lowe

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