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2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as 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.”

This is an interesting one for me right now. On the one hand I feel the pressure of needing to work as much as possible to keep a roof over my family’s heads and to provide for a comfortable life. On the other hand, I want to be at home enough not to miss out on my daughter growing up and family life. There’s no reason why those two things should necessarily be incompatible for someone in my fortunate position, but finding the right balance is difficult.