Jelly Beans Pt.1

09 Feb 2015

The following is an article written by Karissa Wenner. As a student of mine, she presented the following in a speech. I encouraged her to turn it into an post to share with you.

The idea that ‘life is short’ has become somewhat of a cliché in today’s society; however, it is an important concept to internalize.

Here’s a quick 3-minute video that uses jelly beans to show how you’re spenging your life.*

I’m sure I’m not alone in re-evaluating my life after seeing this video!

It’s amazing to see how much time we spend on simple daily activities and how little spare time we have left to do the things we actually enjoy. It’s impossible to know how many jelly beans we have left, and like he said in the video, “What if you just had one more day? What are you going to do today?”

If you’re like me, you wouldn’t spend your last day sleeping or at work, you would spend it living your dreams! Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to know what to do with your time when you don’t know how much of it you have left. We’re all scrambling to try to find the balance between enjoying the present and building for the future, so that when all is said and done, we don’t regret the way we spent our jelly beans.

I’m not afraid of many things, but I am afraid of regret. My biggest fear is to be laying on my deathbed regretting the things I did, and didn’t do, with my time.

A woman named Bronnie Ware did a study of Hospice patients where she asked them what their top regrets in life were.**

These were the results:

5. I wish I had let myself be happier.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

3. I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

1. (the most common regret): I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

Wow. I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

In the next post, Karissa will break this idea down even more. See it here.

* The Time You Have in Jelly Beans, retrieved from

** Ware, Bronnie. “”Five Regrets of the Dying” by Bronnie Ware.” “Five Regrets of the Dying” by Bronnie Ware. Hospice Patients Alliance. Retrieved from:



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