The top five regrets of the dying

This is from a book by an Australian nurse who spent years working with people in the last 12 weeks of their life.  I like to think my time in Daddyland means I will be less likely to have these regrets.  I’m sure I’ll have them, but I am really, really happy that I won’t say #2.

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live 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 that I had let myself be happier.


sweden’s oldest man does NOT die of natural causes

A 107-year-old man died in Sweden the other day.  In a fire.  In the house where he lived … alone.

He had lived alone in the house for nine years since his wife died.  And the man was in good health, according to the Swedish newspaper article, except for a little hearing loss.  He worked until 78, drove until 102, was a lifelong sailor.

Now, it is obviously very sad that the man died in a fire, one so bad it had burned the house down before firefighters arrived.  This is not a pleasant way to go.

But how many 107-year-olds do not die of natural causes?  How many are still in a position to die in a (likely accidental) fire in their own home?

If my infant son makes it to 107, the year will be 2116.

What will the world look like then?