“If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find your definition of success.”
– Stephen Covey
When you die, what will people say about you?
What would you want people to say about you?
Writing your own eulogy — now, before you’re dead — might sound weird and depressing.
But it can be a great exercise for figuring out what really matters to you while you’re still alive.
Regret is the most difficult emotion to process when the end comes — as it will come for all of us — and the top five regrets of the dying (according to The Guardian) are…
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish that I had let myself be happier.
It’s easy to get lost in life’s shuffle, to forget what we really care about, and to start believing that there’s something more important to life than laughter and love (there isn’t).
Here’s a video of people writing their own eulogies. Give that a watch… and if you’re ready for a much-needed wake-up call, to rediscover what really matters to you… then try writing your own.