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    Default Five regrets of the dying



    Here is an article I ran across that is of benefit to everyone. I wanted to share it here because there are aspects of it that involve happiness and to me astronomy plays a role. Spoken by those who are terminally ill.

    Top Five Regrets of the Dying, Grief and Loss - AARP
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    Default Re: Five regrets of the dying

    Very interesting article and thanks for posting it. I'm in agreement with you about astronomy and happiness. It goes a long way towards fulfilling number 5 for me.

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    Default Re: Five regrets of the dying

    While it's normal for kids to "see it, want it, have parents buy it," what they really want is the presence of their parents. I think this goes along with the article. In the end what really matters most isn't stuff, but relationships. To keep this a little astronomy based I love spending time with my daughter looking at the stars. While a scope and binoculars are nice, there was a lot of astronomy done for thousands of years before the invention of the telescope. Sometimes just looking at the stars while talking is the best way to spend an evening.
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    Default Re: Five regrets of the dying

    Thanks for posting this! A few years ago my husband's small plane had trouble and we knew we were going to have a rough landing. I was uncertain we would survive it (we both did). In the few minutes I had to reflect on my life, at the point where I thought it might be the end, I felt happy with my choices. Astronomy makes me happy (so does running marathons, having a sister, and playing violin). Never did I think "I should have had a career/made money/impressed my neighbors!"

    It's nice to have a reminder to take inventory before it's too late to take action!
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    Default Re: Five regrets of the dying

    Nicely said Matthew.

    Of my eight kids, two have passed away (1 cancer, 1 car accident). So I slowed down, realized that work isn't everything... and just spent time with the kids; throwing around the football, helping with homework and yes... looking at the stars can be such a satisfying experience.

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    Default Re: Five regrets of the dying

    I had a nice discussion with Los Angeles Astronomical Society president Mary Brown at Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show last weekend. She mentioned the importance of mentoring as we enter our twilight years. It is up to us to pass on the pleasures of stargazing to our youths.
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    Default Re: Five regrets of the dying

    Interesting, true for people that work a lot, would be interesting to know the same but from someone who took care of the ones that lived life without working.
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    I work in healthcare. Life is fragile and health can change quickly. Thanks for posting this.
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    Default Re: Five regrets of the dying

    A dear friend of mine who passed of bone cancer gave me this piece of advice:

    'NO ONE on their Death Bed EVER said "I wish I spent more time at work!"'
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    Default Re: Five regrets of the dying

    Thanks for posting the article. It contains a lot of food for thought.
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