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  •  So much to think about here (12+ / 0-)

    One thing is to realize that none of us are as expert on this topic as the people who were surveyed (at least I hope not). We're just not there yet. Still, I have a hard time believing that this would be my list.

    This is my quick reaction to each item:

    1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
    I absolutely agree with this one and expect it to be mine as well. Mostly, I will regret not having the courage to follow through on creative ideas I've had that I feared I would fail in executing to my satisfaction.
    2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
    For me it's not that I would regret working hard (I often don't work as hard as I'd like). It's more a matter of what I've worked on. I wish my work could be more playful and creative and more in tune with what makes me a unique individual.
    3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
    Maybe, but I doubt this is quite right for me. I wish I could find a way to express my feelings better, but sometimes it seems that it's more about connecting with people on a level in which they are receptive to what you really feel a desire and need to express.
    4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
    I don't take friendship lightly and I am still in touch with those I consider my deepest and surest friends. Here it's not quantity but quality that counts.
    5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
    Is this really something we can control?

    The opposite of life is not death, but indifference. -- Jaki Gefjon (A.A.Attanasio)

    by Max Wyvern on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 11:10:22 AM PST

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