RIP Dirk

12 years ago today one of my best friends decided it was time to go rather than to stay on this mortal coil.  That Dirk did what he did was a huge shock at the time, but when we all reflected back – the signs were there.

Dirk was one of those rare people in your life – the type that makes you laugh till you cry, the life of the party – and 12 years later I have still not found anyone to take his place.  I think of him both often and fondly.

There are many people around me who have been affected by another’s suicide.  It seems that these days most of us wont escape it’s effects.

At the time of Dirk’s death, and for many years after, I blamed myself.  I felt I should have done more, I knew he was unhappy but I wasn’t aware of the roller coaster ride he was on – the highs and the lows….

But then you can’t blame yourself forever, and in a way you have to accept that it was their decision and that for them at that time – it felt right.

All I know is that life is hard, and life is short – and we have to make the most of it.  We have to be resilient and strong – because sometimes life doesn’t go the way we planned.

The material things we think we need – aren’t always so important and surrounding ourselves with people that love us and accept us is more important.  The career or job you were so intent on – suddenly loses importance in the bigger scheme of things….

Two years to the day and at the same hour that Dirk left this earth, my first daughter was born.  It took me a little while to realize the coincidence.  To me this is a message that Dirk lives on, a part of him is around me and in my daughter, his spirit is with me and his memory will endure.

So seize the day, you don’t know what is around the corner, make the most of what life serves you up – acknowledge your misery, but pick yourself up, dust yourself off and punch life in the nose.  Only the tough survive.

– Justine Eden

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We are a Brisbane business developed with the needs of the Queensland market in mind. Being locally owned and operated ensures that we are committed to playing our part in growing the Queensland economy. Eden Ritchie Recruitment was established in March 1996 by Kim Ritchie and Justine Eden, whose combined recruitment industry experience exceeds 40 years. Since its inception Eden Ritchie Recruitment has gone from strength to strength. Why? For the same reason all good businesses succeed; ability, commitment, dedication, self-belief and tenacity. However more important than all of these necessary attributes, there exists the innate understanding that to succeed in this competitive market, we must constantly adapt and recast ourselves to ensure our continuous alignment with the needs of both employers and candidates. We believe that ‘focused’ is the word that best describes our approach to all aspects of the recruitment profession. Our mission statement: To provide a professional, individually tailored recruitment service to both employers and candidates through the development of long term relationships and an understanding of market demands.

2 thoughts on “RIP Dirk

  1. Its always sad and such a waste when someone cannot cope. Unfortunately I don’t think they can “just pick themselves up, dust off and punch life is the nose”. I think there is a distinction between being unhappy and not coping very well with life and depression – being incapable of coping and rational thought.

    I did not know Dirk, his family or friends but my heart goes to to them.

    Tony Moran


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