Write your own obituary

Quote of the Day:  “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” -Mark Twain

Question of the Day:  What do you want out of Life?

CHALLENGE:  Write your own obituary.  Write the first half as truthful as you can based on your life up to this moment.  Write the second half of the obituary how you hope the obituary would read if you lived the life you wanted to live.

Why do This?

Bronnie Ware, a hospice nurse, in Australia asked her end of life hospice patients what they regretted most.  Here are the top five things her patients regretted:

  • “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life where I was true to myself, and not just lived up to other people’s expectations.”
  • “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”
  • “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”
  • “I wish I’d stayed in better touch with my friends.”
  • “I wish I’d let myself be happier.”

Tips and tricks for Success:

  • Find someplace quiet to reflect and write
  • Be honest and kind to yourself. You may not like what you have to say about yourself, but it is never too late to change.

What I have learned about writing my own obituary:

Wow, this was a transformational experience for me.  I did shed some tears in the process as I realized that maybe I wanted to live a life different from my current situation, but it also made me realize that I have many things to celebrate.  I encourage everyone to do this exercise.  If done honestly, it will bring many emotions to the surface and hopefully move you to change that which you have a desire to change.