It references the famous book The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying. In no particular order, they’re:
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I had let myself be happier.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I’d kept in touch with my friends.
Here’s what our friend Paul has to say about these:
I would like to avoid making these mistakes. But how do you avoid mistakes you make by default? Ideally you transform your life so it has other defaults. But it may not be possible to do that completely. As long as these mistakes happen by default, you probably have to be reminded not to make them. So I inverted the 5 regrets, yielding a list of 5 commands which I then put at the top of the file I use as a todo list.
Don’t ignore your dreams; don’t work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.
As soon as I read this, I knew I had to follow suit. So I modified my Roam Research
daily notes template (using Alfred
). Here’s what today’s looked like.