For many years I worked as a nurse in a hospital. I talked to many sick people before they died. Sometimes, I asked them about their regrets or anything they would do differently (in a different way) if they had time. They told me many things:
Most [of the people I talked to] did not go after their dreams (wishes). They knew it was because of choices they had made, or not made. When they were going to die, they started thinking about the dreams that they have not achieved.
Most men worked very hard. They missed their children’s youth (the time when someone is young). Women also talked about this regret. All of the men deeply regretted spending so much of their lives working, not spending with their family.
Many hid (past tense of hide) their feelings in order to keep peace (stop fighting) with others. Because of that, they did not live good life and never became who they really wanted to be.
Most people did not really understand their old friends until their death arrived. Many were so involved in (busy with) their own lives that they had forgotten (past participle of forget) their best friends over the years. They felt (past of feel) deep regret about not giving their friends the time and effort that they deserved (they could have). Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
Many people did not make themselves happy. Most did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They were afraid of change. They pretended (they behaved as if they were happy when they were not) to others and to themselves that they were happy.
Why did these men feel regret? (2 paragraphs)
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