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Regrets when you least expect them

by Angie Carlson

Being blunt is a gift of mine.

I’ll use it now: Someday, you are going to pass away.

What many don’t know is what it’s like to be on your death bed.

After nearly losing my life to an undiagnosed medical event in 2019, I have a unique perspective of what being on your death bed is like.

Before I reveal the good stuff, here is what I thought prior to that experience.

1. I’d look back on all of my great memories

2. I’d appreciate everything I had accomplished

3. I’d be content with my life

None of that happened.

I had one word fill my mind – REGRET.

Regret that I wouldn’t see my kids grow up.

Regret that I didn’t go for the “crazy” desires that were on my heart.

Regret that I didn’t spend more time with my family and we were so focused on work that kept us separated.

Regret that while we were out of consumer debt, we could have made better financial choices when younger.

I believe that those regrets were meant to be the direction my life was supposed to go.

After I fully recovered, it was time to do the hard work of change.

• Change our budget to focus on knocking out our goals

• Change our jobs so we could see each other more

• Change how we used our time

Let me be clear, some of this work was not fun.

It was necessary.

More importantly, it was worth it.

When the time comes to be back on my death bed, I won’t have these regrets.

What regret would you have if you would lose it all?

Angie Carlson – Carlson Financial Coaching

Carlson Financial Coaching exists to help those going through life altering events – including a life ending diagnosis and/or the loss of a loved one – manage their finances during that transition.