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My Near Death Experience


Ever hung out with toddlers? They come out with the weirdest shit almost on a minute by minute basis.

So you would think it wouldn't really phase me when last week, as I am putting my 3 year old to bed she looks me square in the face and says "You are going to die soon".

"Pardon?!" I reply

"You are going to die soon" she repeated, whilst smiling and laid down to sleep.

Okay maybe NDE was a slight exaggeration, it wasn't a exactly a near-miss in the car but I spent the next 3 hours trembling like a chihuahua in winter nonetheless. If horror films have taught me anything, it's that creepy child predictions are not to be ignored.

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There's nothing like the prospect of dying to bring your life into sharp focus. For this reason, when people are feeling disenchanted with their lives but can't put their finger on the reason I refer them to the article by Bronnie Ware. She was a palliative care nurse in Australia, nursing people through the last days of their lives. She wrote a powerful piece entitled "Regrets of the Dying" after asking her patients at the end of their lives, what they regret.

The most common answers were:

  1. I wish I'd had the courage to love a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me

  2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard

  3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings

  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends

  5. I wish I had let myself be happier

Do any of them have an impact on you?

What implication does that have about your life?

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