This is not the blog post I had planned for this week. I was about to hit Publish on a whole other blog post on Wednesday when something happened that caused our world to tilt on its axis and scream in my ear; life is short.
I had just logged back on to the internet to publish this week’s blog post when I received some awful news.
Someone we are very close to had been killed in an avalanche in France on Tuesday.
Since then this phrase has been going through my head – Life is so F*cking short and fragile.
This accident was so cruel and so unfair and she was taken far too soon.
But you know what? I take great solace in the fact that whilst she died in her early 30s she squeezed every last drop out of life. A professional skier and ski instructor, she travelled all over the world, living her passion for skiing and life.
The only memories I have of her are with a huge smile on her face, making jokes and laughing.
You only have to glance at her Facebook timeline to realise that she lived life to the full.
And I realised something – in 30-something years she did more, achieved more, lived more and said yes to her passions and dreams more than most people will do in their 80+ year lifetimes.
Her life should be an example to all of us – am I living MY life? Am I saying yes to my passions and my dreams?
If not, why the hell not?
Because you’re saving money to redecorate the living room? WTF?! Is that really what makes your heart sing?
We get so caught up in doing what everyone else is doing, and strive to do the same.
We finish school or university, get a job so we can buy a house, then spend our waking hours working in a job that we don’t love, to pay for a house that we’re rarely awake in. Then the only downtime we do get in our house is spent fixing things.
Is that life?
Life is short – follow you dreams
Every time Ben and I chose to follow our dreams – and veer off the traditional path – we were constantly told we were doing the wrong thing. Whether that was setting up a business, moving countries or changing jobs.
Sometimes these things worked out, sometimes they didn’t. But we have no regrets. Even in the scary times when we didn’t know what would happen next.
The sad thing is we are in the minority. We are quite literally surrounded by people (online and real life friends) who are unhappy with their lot in life, but are too scared to change it.
Well this is your f*cking wake-up call!!!!
What are you waiting for?
You do not know how much time you have got left. If you have got any passions or dreams in the slightest then get out there and do something about them.
Stop dicking around, waiting for the right time.
Your kids will never be the right age. You’ll never have the right amount of money. You’ll never have the right amount of talent, qualifications or experience.
So stop f*cking waiting and go and do something about it now!!!
This is partly my fault too. I realise in my blog posts, both here and on my previous blog Franglaise Mummy, that I was too soft on you. I was too “go for it if you think you can, but if you can’t then wait until you’re ready”.
Well that Mrs Nice Gal has gone. From now on I’m going to be on your case to do something with what’s left of your life.
That might not be something you want to read or know. In which case bye bye, enjoy your unfulfilled life.
But if this kick up the a** is something you want, need and are ready for then let’s do this!
You can start with my 10 day guide to falling (back) in love with your life. Because you know, you need to actually do something if you want to start feeling happier, and start enjoying and living life.
Once you’ve done that, get your a** into my Life Reboot Camp so that I can get on your case all the time. To make the necessary changes. To step up to who you want to be and what you want to do.
But you know if you just want to continue with your so-so life and have regrets about everything you’ve not done, seen or achieved then by all means click away now.
I say and write all this with all the love in the world because I have been through some really shitty moments – in shitty jobs, shitty relationships, shitty friendships, shitty places to live, shitty cars, shitty bosses, shitty finances and more.
And you know what? When you put in the effort to get out of a shitty situation in your life, your only regret will be not doing it sooner.
This is for you Émilie, for the incredible person you were, for the amazing life you led and for all the joy you brought to so many people. We will never forget you and you will serve as a role model for us and our daughters. RIP xxx
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