If You Could Live Life All Over Again, What Would You Do Differently?

Thought Catalog

You’re lying in a bed. Maybe you’re surrounded by friends and family. Maybe you’re alone. Perhaps you knew it was coming, or maybe it came by total surprise. The nurse comes in with a look on her face that tells you what you already know. She says it’ll be a matter of days and it’s time to prepare for what’s ahead. And in that moment, what will run through your mind? Your children? Your best friend? The one who got away? The job of your dreams?

And if asked the question, “What would you differently?” — what would you say?

I help people die for a living. I work in hospice, and death has become as common a part of my routine as brushing my teeth or having that first cup of coffee to start my day. When that ever-popular question comes up on first dates, happy hours, or conversations in…

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