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That Inner Voice

Palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware wrote an article sharing the most common regrets of the dying.

Do you know what the most common regret was?

“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” 😔

I first heard this years ago, and it hit me. Hard.

When I decided I didn’t really want to be a trial lawyer anymore (and I’d been working hard towards that), people in my life shared with me their disappointment.

Some also said: “But you’d be one of the few doing this. Younger Latinas need to see someone like them doing this.” The thought that I wasn’t living up to my colleagues’ and community’s expectations was 💔.

Accepting I wasn’t going to be the role model lawyer I had so badly wanted to see as a little girl was difficult.

But I knew deep inside that I was meant to be a leader and serve in other ways. And I left that trial lawyer path behind with clarity of purpose.

You have the power to choose too. It’s hard to hear yourself when the volume of the noise around you is so loud.

But listen for your inner voice and make decisions that align with it.

Are you listening to yours?


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