It doesn't take much for me to cry but this article in today's Seattle Times really got to me. I greatly feeling regret - I try to avoid it if I can. These letters are about lost love, missed opportunities and years long feelings of regret. A few are a little out there but all are heartfelt, read through them and think about your own regrets - maybe make good on them?
Dear Dr. Alan Unis,
I was 22 years old and visited you in your psychiatry office. As I waited, I decided that if this appointment did not offer a solution, I would end my life that day. I did not tell you this, but you were perceptive enough to see that I was having a "severe depressive episode" (your words) and sent me for treatment that very day. You treated me as if I was the most important patient you had that day, giving me more time than scheduled, even though we had never met previously. I stayed at the hospital for six days, then began psychotherapy that would last for six years. Seventeen years later, I am happily married and have two happy, healthy young children. My depression is managed with medication and therapy. I experience a joyful life! Thank you for your excellent care that day. You set my recovery in motion.
My dearest Ronelle,
I am writing this on the plane to Vietnam. It is April of 1968. I need to tell you something. The two nights we spent together last week will always be the fondest memory I will ever have. I wanted to wake you and ask you to wait for me. I wanted to ask you to marry me. I want us to grow old together, have children and a life together. I was afraid you did not have those feelings for me so I took the cowardly, silent way out. I will always love you. My last thoughts on Earth will be of you.