Regrets of the Dying
Bronnie Ware worked in palliative care. She published an article titled ‘Regrets of the Dying’ and followed-up with a book based. This is taken from the original article:
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship … By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.
Here Bronnie Ware refers to changing what we prioritise to spend time and money on.
Planning For The Future
In modern society it costs to live, from rent to the shirt on your back, it all needs to be paid for. It is important to work to not only live but to try to save to achieve financial goals including comfortable retirement. Unless you are a nun or a monk, then work is a reality of modern life.
It is rather the amount of work that we choose to engage in and the amount of financial comfort that we are aiming for. Is it for the basic comforts to care for our body, such as adequate food, somewhere safe to live, and medical care? Or do we seek more decadent luxury from materialistic comforts? Going back to Bronnie Ware’s quote, she refers to what we spend our money on. Simply put, if our material goals are smaller then how we prioritise work would also become smaller.