Because after reading Sally Obermeder’s ridiculously inspiring book ‘Never Stop Believing’, it’s reminded me of something massive.
Life is very short.
It may even be much shorter than you ever anticipate.
And another thing – everything that’s good in your life – don’t ever, EVER take it for granted.
I met Sal about five years ago when she’d just started at 7′s Today Tonight. She was smart, driven and extremely friendly. Proper friendly too, not the faux-friendly that’s often a part of the entertainment and media world.
And as her well-deserved success grew, that very real friendliness remained. Everyone in the industry knew it, she was renown for it, and it never stopped impressing and encouraging me.
Along with everyone else, I was shocked when Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer. I often wish that I’d at least sent her an encouraging note or flowers or something. I thought that, as professional acquaintances, I didn’t know her well enough to reach out. Or I didn’t want to bother her, when she had so much going on. So all I really did was regularly wish her all the very best from afar, sending healing thoughts and strength to her, her family and her friends.
Along with much of Australia, I rejoiced when I heard Sally’s cancer was in remission, and I loved seeing her, proudly out and about again.
I couldn’t wait to read her book. But I didn’t realise how much it would affect me.
I learnt a lot about Sally – her personal background, her family, her career. I laughed out loud a lot. And I openly wept at her raw honestly as she described her illness, the treatments and dealing with the horrifics of a life-threatening illness along with the joyous birth of a much-longed for baby.
I put the book down, after reading it all in one sitting.
I wiped away my tears and I took a deep breath and looked around me, seeing everything in a new light.
How lucky I am to have a fantastic family, a husband who is my best mate, loyal, hilarious friends, and a career I absolutely love.
And how incredibly blessed to have good health!
So thank you Sally.
I may not have reached out the first time to tell you that you’re awesome – but I’ll make damn sure I will now.