Life can sometimes be tough and somewhat confusing. If you have not found your real purpose in life, keep looking, don't settle. If you give up, you will be holding yourself back from something great. You may not know what it is exactly, but deep down inside, you can feel something missing, and if you don't search for it, you may live to regret it.
I read a book by Jake Ducey, The Purpose Principle, How To Draw More Meaning Into Your Life. In the book, Jake referred to a palliative nurse who has counseled the dying in their last days and revealed the most common regrets they had at the end of their lives. Bronnie Ware, the Australian nurse, spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives.
She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying which are illustrated below.
1. 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 of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled.
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
This came from every male patient that Bronnie Ware nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.