Don’t work so hard that your forget to see your friends

Posted on: June 29th, 2012

On Saturday June 30, it will be 21 years to the day since I started out as a freelancer. My debut was working on a project with my friend and ex-colleague, Marilyn Watson. When I saw her last month, we had agreed that we would celebrate this milestone date on the actual day (tomorrow).

But that won’t be happening. Exactly a week ago, Marilyn was on holiday in Cyprus and drowned while swimming in the sea. Devastating news.

I write this blog to provide information that I hope will be of use to your freelance career, so this isn’t a personal ‘diary’ post. I’m writing this to say it’s important to remember to live for the moment.

The economic environment may be tough and your thoughts are probably focused on finding the next client project. Or you may be rushed off your feet and need to work most of this weekend to catch up. But try and take time out to connect with your friends. Arrange to go for a walk with one or maybe have a catch up in a coffee bar. Even if it’s just a phone call or an email to a friend who has moved abroad or to another part of the country.

I thought I was going to see Marilyn at her house tomorrow night. Instead, I will be going to her funeral on Thursday. It’s certainly taught me a lesson: friends are important and don’t take it for granted that they will be around the next time you want to see them.

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3 Responses to “Don’t work so hard that your forget to see your friends”

  1. Olga
    July 2nd, 2012

    So sorry for your loss, Carole! And thank you for an important reminder…

  2. Rob Matthews
    July 6th, 2012

    Hi Carole
    Mal, Janine and I were best friends for 40 years of Mal’s – thanks for your thoughts and so sorry we couldn’t make the service as we are in Oz and our son and Mal’s Godson James is with us on a surprise visit from France.
    Thanks for the reminder – funny how the older one gets the more important friends become and less important ‘things’ become.
    Carpe Diem
    Rob Matthews

  3. Carole Seawert
    July 6th, 2012

    Hi Rob

    Even though you weren’t able to be there, I am sure you were thinking of dear Marilyn yesterday afternoon. It was a very sad occasion, as you can imagine. However, it was lovely to hear some stories about Marilyn that I hadn’t heard before – her friend, Peter, gave the tribute. For example, barbecuing a huge Christmas turkey in the garden when her oven had blown up. I first knew Marilyn in 1985 when I joined MPR. As you say, ‘carpe diem’.
    Best wishes, Carole

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