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  •  I don't anticipate... (5+ / 0-)

    ...any of these.

    I chose a life path that was essentially unique, and completely true to who I was, am, and will be.  I've led bands and composed music for everything from a string quartet to a women's chorus to a group of Hindustani instrumentalists; I've lived in India for almost six years, studying at the feet of a master musician; I've learned (and sung) thousands of beautiful songs; I've produced hundreds of concerts; I've built drums and xylophones; I've renovated a house; I've made a productive vegetable garden; I have a wonderful wife and a beautiful daughter.

    I've worked damn hard in my life — but that means I've spent a lot of time singing and teaching.  No regrets there.

    I've expressed most of my feelings when they happened, although I am often depressed by world events and the climate crisis.

    Thanks to facebook, I'm now more in touch with old friends than I have been in years.

    I wish I was happier now, but the sadness that often saturates me has nothing to do with my own fulfillment; I have been very happy in my life.  My likely final regret is that I won't have done enough to help my species survive.  To be a musician and a teacher is to live with one part of your soul in the deep past and another in the deep future; absent that future, I find joy more elusive.

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 02:27:10 PM PST

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      really sick, which I didn't in any way bring on myself, if I have just a breath without struggle, I can hear a bird or see a shaft of sunlight, or hear music, and I have joy.

      I know what it is like to live without it, but luckily somehow, it came back on quiet, small steps.

      Take care Warren, and just from me, you have made one heck of a difference: that editorial project was something.

      Oh, and my dad who worked outside with plants and trees all his life, expressed many of your sentiments. He was a deep, old soul and saw what we collectively were doing to our mother. He did not like it and it saddened him.

      Science is hell bent on consensus. Dr. Michael Crichton said “Let’s be clear: The work of science has nothing to do with consensus... which is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right,”

      by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 03:47:35 PM PST

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    •  It is difficult to accept that (1+ / 0-)
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      whatever has happened in our time and before, we face this too:

      My likely final regret is that I won't have done enough to help my species survive.
      Including the the deep history of plants, animals, and human culture. Thank you for mentioning and understanding what that means.
    •  That is a wonderful truth (1+ / 0-)
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      To be a musician and a teacher is to live with one part of your soul in the deep past and another in the deep future; absent that future, I find joy more elusive.
      Never thought of it like that. Being an artist is like harvesting ancient emotion. Teaching, like planting seeds for future harvest.

      "Please proceed, Governor."

      by Dema Broad on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 06:09:12 AM PST

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