I was meant to write this post last week, but a series of things happened to derail me and then I found out that a teammate had suffered a severe stroke and was not likely to make it, which sent my brain into a tailspin. He has since passed, and even though I only worked with him for a little over a month he did manage to make an impact.
The impression he left on me was someone who lived, loved and laughed loud…He was also a charmer and slightly annoying, too loud for a very quiet office, argumentative and opinionated, but always generous and kind. I also suspect he was a shit-stirrer (Aussie term for a cheeky troublemaker). Without fail, he always greeted me with a smile, called me ‘Ripper’ as he adored my last name, and really wanted to sit down with my ‘lucky man’ to convince him to let me keep my awesome last name after we get married. He also went out of his way to help me to help D find a job, and he had dreams of living overseas, of writing another book, of travelling, of loving more women, and of living large.
He won’t get that chance.
But I think it’s in all of our duties to make sure that we do. What matters most is to get out there and live your life. Those chores, the housework, the unpainted door, the emails and text messages, the social media accounts, the fear of taking a day off because you have so much work to do…they can all wait because the most important thing in life is to enjoy your life.
- Fulfilling the reason you were put on this earth – to live your life
- To look after yourself – mind, body and soul. You only have one of each (depending on how religious you are, that is)
- To look after others. To ask if they are ok. To ask how they are feeling, and to not disregard what may seem a meaningless complaint or whinge.
I for one have spent way too much of my life stressing, putting work and others first, and sacrificing my dreams due to procrastination, social media addiction, loyalty, or pure laziness. They are all bloody hard habits to break, but as I sit here I am once again reminded both of the precious nature that is life and good health because you just never know what might happen next.