The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

I saw this posted on a tugboat friend’s web page yesterday and it really struck a chord with me. The full blog in it’s original form is at Inspiration and Chai — Regrets of the Dying. It hit home not just because I work way too much (#2 on the list) but because what I do for a living is provide people with the chance to undo three of the five on the list.
I facilitate a setting where people can not-work, be with their friends, and be happy (or happier). We do a lot of laughing too.

Alaska and Inside Passage Small Ship Cruise | Peace and Tranquility
One of the many relaxing, peaceful and tranquil coves where we anchor

I once tried to convince my parents to go on a trip with us — 12 days/11 nights up the Inside Passage to Alaska and they claimed they couldn’t make it because they had appointments that conflicted with the days of the journey. I was offering it to them for free, they are my parents, after all, but the mundane still seemed more important than an amazing experience. I finally convinced them with “Are you really going to remember some dumb doctor’s appointment or the majesty of 680 miles of wilderness British Columbia when you’re 100?”

On the boat, we got to spend time together in the way that lots of friends and families do on our boat (See number 4) and had a great adventure. Every trip of that distance has a few exciting moments and lots of laughter.

Now, with Christine’s book More Faster Backwards out I think we’ve really started to focus on #1: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. I’m already doing this, or at least I’m trying (tourism economy willing). The book is about how we got to this moment and our struggle with everything in “the System” that tries to pull us all off the path. Our path. True to us. I really hope that her book dislodges just one person from the grind and helps him or her try to do what is true.

And laugh more.

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