I talked last week about how life is too short. I know it's a cliche kind of saying but it really is true.
As I mentioned, my dad never got the chance to live his dream - he had always wanted to go to Kakadu and just ran out of time.
The reason I want to continue this theme is because when my dad died without ever achieving the things he wanted to achieve, it made me really think about my own situation.
I suppose you could say I had an epiphany.
There I was, slogging it out in a thankless, mundane day-to-day job. It was routine, lacked satisfaction and everyday was the same as the previous one.
When Dad got sick, his quality of life drastically reduced, and from there it was a gradual decline. Watching this, and being aware of how much he hadn't yet achieved, and how relatively fit and young he still was, broke my heart.
I wanted more for my dad, but I had no control over the inevitability of his condition. And I wanted more for my husband and me - but I did have control over that!
So one day, I sat down with Stuart and we talked about what we really wanted to do with our lives.
Stuart is one of those rare and fortunate people who actually enjoy their jobs. He said he'd be happy to continue on as he had before except that he wanted to travel more.
For me, well I didn't want to do the nine-to-five shuffle anymore. I wanted to independence from a boss and I wanted to write.
With Stu's support, I quit my job, set up a business and started working for myself. I am a full time writer - not just books but I write technical documentation and articles for magazines. I am being paid well, I have the freedom to rule my own life and, more than anything else, I am happy.
Stu and I work hard but we have made sure we have more time for ourselves and we do those things that make us happy.
Losing my dad was the kick in the pants I needed to think about what I really wanted to get out of life. I followed my dream and have never looked back.
I miss dad everyday. I would give up everything to have him back, but the world just doesn't work that way so all I can do is enjoy the life my dad has gifted me.
Dad passed away in October 2008. Since 2009 I have been a full time writer. Dad would be very proud!
What's your dream? If your dream seems unattainable, pretend that it is within your reach and start planning what you would need to do to make that dream come true. Now, look at your list and see which steps you can take.
You may find that dream is attainable after all!
Do you want to write? Do you dream of writing a book or a travelogue? Writing is such a broad industry you might be surprised at what you could do.
If you think you can't make a living from writing, I'm here to tell you that you can. Next week I'll talk about how.
Until next week - follow your dream, wherever that dream may lead - to quote the King who did!