“£1.2 million pounds!” I exclaimed.
“It does 253 miles per hour dad” Ollie said
Well, you’ve got to do something whilst waiting to pick up your new leg splint.
And flicking through the January 2012 edition of the ‘Top Gear’ magazine was the best we could do.
As we worked through the data on our dream cars I noticed something interesting.
Ollie first stop was always: Top Speed
Guess I must be getting old, cos I remember a time when all I’d have been interested in was how fast it went too.
Eventually we were called in to check out Ollie’s new splint.
That turned out to be a bit of a disaster.
But I’ll tell you all about that and how I’ll be spending my weekend in just a moment.
First I’d like to share something very important with you.
Earlier this week I had a conversation with my good friend and relationship genius Michael Myerscough.
During our conversation I mentioned my new discovery of the ‘ Hedonic Treadmill’ and your ‘Happy Thermostat’- see yesterdays Qigong Daily for full details.
Which led to him sharing the top 5 regrets of the dying with me.
I’ll tell you what they are in just a moment, but first a little background.
The list was compiled by Australian ‘Palliative nurse’ Bronnie Ware.
And in case you’re wondering what one of those is (I had to look it up) a Palliative nurse is a specialist who cares for people with advanced illness or who are dying.
So it’s safe to say the source of this top 5 list is valid.
These are the Top 5 Regrets Bonnie discovered:
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me – “This was the most common regret. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard – Take heed if you’re a man because this regret came from every male patient Bronnie nursed. ” All of the men… deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence. They missed their children’s youth and their partners companionship.”
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings – Read this one and then re-read it again. It’s one I really need to pay attention to. ” Many people suppressed their feeling in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never become who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”
- I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends – “Everyone misses their friends when they’re dying.”
- I wish I’d let myself be happier – “Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. Fear of change had them pretending to others and their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”
There’s much food for thought in that list Grasshopper.
What you do with it is up to you.
Interesting ‘chewing gum for your brain’ that you’ve forgotten about by this evening?
Opportunity to make some changes to your lifestyle?
Me, I’m taking the rest of the day off to hang out with my family, make a youtube video about how I got bitten by the knife bug and tonight I’m off out to chew the fat with some friends.
What about you?
As Bronnie put it so eloquently:
Make sure you preserve and enhance your health by practicing PERFECT Qigong
Have a great weekend.
P.S. I nearly forgot!
Ollie’s splint disaster.
He’ requested that his new splint came with the fish pattern on (orthotic splints come in a different range of patterns and colours).
Trouble is, the new manufacturer the centre uses has 2 fish patterns.
One’s really cool for an 11 year old boy.
The other one’s really cool for a 6 year old girl.
Guess which one they supplied?
Yup, and these things are custom made and blah, blah, blah.
You get the picture.
It’s definitely not something Ollie want’s to be wearing on his first day at ‘Big School’ on Monday.
So this weekend I will be sourcing suitable spray for covering plastic…
Meticulously masking the splint up with tape…
And spraying that sucker white.
Then he can put stickers on it.
That’s the plan.
Wish me luck!