Our parents have stuck by us all our lives, and so it’s easy for us to take them for granted. We often forget that they have their own lives apart from us, that they have so much wisdom and stories to impart and share. We never know how long we have with our loved ones, which is why it’s important to talk to our parents and ask them questions that delve deep, before it’s too late.
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Michael McQueen was just 22 years old when his father suddenly died, and was heartbroken at the fact that he would never be able to ask his father any more questions, The Huffington Post reports. That’s why he created the website Histography, which is an online tool that asks people questions throughout the year so that they can make a record of their lives that they can share with family and friends.
While he was developing the site, McQueen researched for the top 5 questions people wish they asked their loved ones before they passed away. Here they are:
1. What is your greatest regret?
“I guess the idea being that there’s a lot of wisdom you can gain from just knowing what people wish they’d done differently in their lives, particularly older people,” Michael McQueen explained to The Daily Mail.
2. What were your hopes and dreams as a child?
“As kids your parents are always asking you that. But we very rarely stop and actually ask our parents that question. Did they change or did life change? Were there things they figured out that you could actually learn from? Were they a really different person when they were younger?”
3. What would you like to see change in the world in the next 10 years?
“It gives you a sense of what their values were and what were they really passionate about. And also ideas of what some of the things are that you could pick up on and contribute or carry on their legacy. If it was something they were passionate about you could almost become part of making that change happen, which is special.”
4. What was the most rebellious thing you did as a young person?
“We can often not picture our parents or grandparents being a kid…”
5. What can you remember about your first kiss?
“…They’re old or they’re our parents, so it’s sort of nice to imagine them being teenagers or adolescents themselves.”
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