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Time is the most precious gift that we’re given. Regardless of whether we are here for a short or long life, what truly matters is how we spend that gift. That choice is on you.
Welcome to Lean In. A podcast that explores ordinary people’s extraordinary lives through honest storytelling. My guests share with me their journey of discovery, laughter, personal experiences and healing.
If you are going through a change or challenging period in life, Lean In is the space where we can surrender to the cycle together.
In this episode, I’m talking to one of the most beautiful souls on this planet.
2009 gave us an article called “Regrets of the Dying”. This moving piece is from the viewpoint of a carer working with patients within their last few moments of life. It became clear that the physical duties she was there to do were only a by-product of the job. Her key role was as a listener and confidant.
These conversations brought to the surface a raw commentary about life and death, including all the biggest regrets we as humans have when our time comes to an end.
The author behind these moving stories is the transcendent soul, Bronnie Ware. The article’s poignancy touched the hearts of millions worldwide. It was clear that people needed such wisdom.
In 2012, Bronnie made her blog post into a book memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.
Bronnie is an Australian author, songwriter, motivational speaker and devoted mother who is deeply committed to regret-free living within every aspect of her own life.
In this episode of Lean In, Bronnie and I explore how she contended with fame in childhood and how she sits with it today. She brings to light why no experience is ever wasted and how our past mistakes shouldn’t allow us to live in regret.
Other insights we talk about are:
- Why Bronnie’s childhood kitchen was always filled with celebrities
- How Bronnie turned to a budding musical career
- How you can find the courage to be who you genuinely are
- Why working with dying people has helped how Bronnie shows up as a parent
- Why you shouldn’t care what people think and opt-in for kindness instead
- The body barometer and why you should listen when it tells you to stop
- How to carve out time for joy
- Why it’s never too late to explore your creative side
- Why we need to give ourselves permission
Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing: Book