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The most important thing is to ENJOY your life

The most important thing is to ENJOY your life

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.

It is:

  • 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.

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  • SaltyBug
    May 26, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Beautifully said Janine. I’m glad you found your heart to write this. xxx

    • Janine Ripper
      May 29, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you. And thank you for your FB message I haven’t replied to yet. I read it, digested it and it helped…still haven’t got to the beach…but I will!

  • Marie
    May 27, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Why does it take sadness to know happiness? And why do we find life in death? I’m sad to hear he’s gone. But glad that he inspired you.

    • Janine Ripper
      May 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Very poignant questions and things I do ask myself in times like this…

  • Mackenzie Glanville
    May 27, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I am in awe that you found the strength to write this week, I know at times it is not easy. It was a beautiful post. If I could pick you as a featured writer I would as this really inspired me!! Take care of yourself xx

    • Janine Ripper
      May 29, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks so much Mac. That means a lot xx

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    May 27, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    How difficult this must be, Janine! Hugs, dear lady.

    The message to take care of myself has been coming to me all week through various sources. Thank you for the reminder too.

    And I agree with what Mac said in her comment. ♥

    • Janine Ripper
      May 29, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Make sure you take heed then. Look after yourself lovey! Im trying to remember to do that this weekend too.

  • Norm and Ros
    May 27, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks you little ripper i do read your blogs, but not being good at replies i apologise to you. I started reading after my daughter told me about you, that’s Kylie Mckenzie

    Cheers and keep up the good work Norman and Roslynne

    • Janine Ripper
      May 29, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      I remember your heartfelt comment when Mac shared her article here a few months ago. Thank for continuing to read. It means a lot.

  • Irene
    May 28, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Well said Janine. I’m sure that Rene would have agreed with your conclusion.

  • Eloquent Mind
    July 15, 2015 at 5:06 am

    I am going to print this out and save it in my list of ‘Favorite things to read forever’. I am touched by your article and the honesty with which you wrote it. Sorry to hear about your colleague, I send out a virtual bear hug to you at this difficult time. Truly said – ‘The most important thing is to just enjoy your life’.

    • Janine Ripper
      July 15, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Wow that’s like the best compliment I have ever received about a piece of my writing. I’m blown away! Thanks for the hug! I caught it 🙂

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