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Don’t Barter With Time You Think You Have

Don’t Barter With Time You Think You Have

On 9 June 2015, I was unexpectedly caught up in the horrific Ravenshoe café gas blast.

In the chaos that immediately followed, I came across Miss Nicole Dempsey. Badly burnt, she had somehow made her way out of the café and onto the street.

I rushed her into a nearby toilet block where I knew there would be access to water. Also, I didn’t know the likelihood of more explosions. I figured the cement toilet block would offer some protection if needed.

Out of respect for Miss Nicole and her family, I will not go into all the details. What I want to say is how brave and courageous Miss Nicole was. Despite her own injuries, she was very concerned and worried about others. I sensed a real spirit in her; this chick had spunk!

Unfortunately, Miss Nicole succumbed to her injuries a few days later, but this spirited young woman left me with a valuable reminder and lesson – Life Is Short! Live Life Now! Love The Life You Live!

You just never know when you may not have a tomorrow.

I want you to understand something here and really understand it. There was NO risk involved for the victims that day—none at all. People just walked into a café in a small isolated regional town, like they did any other day to meet up with family, friends, or work colleagues for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat.

For many, their lives have been changed forever. Things can happen that randomly.

So please, if you’re not happy with your life, NOW is the time to change that.


Hug loved ones, tell them how much they mean to you, pick up the phone and make that call.

Hate your job? Find a new one. Better still, find your passion and live that. Unhappy in a relationship, then work on it and really work on it or, move on. Forgive those you hold a grudge for. 

Give that crazy idea a go—I dare you! Feel the fear and do it anyway. Break everyone else’s rules and live by your own. Do what makes YOU happy.

Trade in “stuff” for freedom. Travel and explore outside your comfort zone. Seek vulnerability for it’s where the magic begins.

Focus on what you do have and be grateful.

Stop waiting for this or that to happen to be happy. Take charge and be responsible for your own happiness.

OWN your happiness. Own it NOW. Remember! You may not have a tomorrow.

RIP Miss Nicole—thanks for letting me be your last ‘new friend’.

Heather Ward

Miss Heather Ward is an author, motorcyclist, travel blogger and motivational guest speaker. She uses her motorcycle and travel experiences to empower people with the courage to live life @ full throttle.Her book, speaking topics, workshops and stories are her tools to make shift happen. To motivate people to go out and do what makes them happy; create their own journeys and follow their own road maps.

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