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Joined
Jul 27, 2019
Messages
3,409
Location
Midlothian, VA
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 4037
RV Length
40' 10"
TOW/TOAD
2017 Chevy Colorado
Sad post, sorry! This is not about me, and no one needs to reveal anything personal, it's a wake up call yet again. Story goes....

My real estate agent that sold me my house, maybe 5-10 years older than me...I remember seeing on Facebook about two years ago he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and had 5-7 years to live. He was in top shape, he lead navy seal physical fitness training courses in this area. He described his shock that he was at the top of his game in fitness and then gets this news. Today I learned from my mother he passed.

Again, this is not about me, I didn't know him other than being my real-estate agent for me and then my parents in buying their condo. No sorry's needed, what this is instead about is regrounding ourselves in these short lives we have to live. Are you living your best life? What would you do if you got news along that line, it's time to start living your dreams if you haven't already. No irony in that we are all living in dangerous times as I write this with threats of covid-19 all around us with us in quarantine hoping to stay safe.

I've had talks along these lines with some close friends and again today. I have questions on what I would do, I'm not married and no kids. Then again not everyone gets a notification that it's time to do what you've always wanted to do. With all this today I also read online of two sudden deaths, one guy a year younger than me, the other is Dak Prescott's older brother.

We hear this theme at times in the RV Lifestyle of people waiting to RV at retirement and then health issues or tragedy strikes and it never happens. We're here, for the most part we've entered this dream and lifestyle.

So again I'm hit with the thoughts of what would I do. Probably nothing any of us can put to words and don't have the answers for. But this is a reminder again to step back, think about your life, remove the negative influences and keep your positive influences close and make the best of each day.
 
Joined
Dec 25, 2019
Messages
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Also a reminder to be ready spiritually.

Good topic. I was waiting until age 70-72 to get my dream MH. I lost my three best friends in the last five years. The last one last fall. At that point, I took the advice of my financial advisor and others who said don't wait. It was then that I made the final decision and ordered a Newmar. Hopefully everything will settle down so I can go get it.

I am very analytical and was waiting until the decision was most financially sound, and until it would likely last most of my remaining camping days (in theory). However, many of my acquaintances never made it to 70. There is a tender balance between the perfectly practical time and the right time. I hope I did the right thing. Only time will tell.
 
Joined
Nov 17, 2019
Messages
811
Location
Prince William, VA
RV Year
2020
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 4326
RV Length
43
TOW/TOAD
2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
I am still a young man at 34 with two young kids (9 and 7). Often, it’s easy for people to think to themselves, I am young and I can do all of that later when I retire. The moment that changed it all for me was when I came into work and found out a colleague at work, while I didn’t personally know very well but I’d met a few times in meetings and a chatted with, had died over the weekend from a heart attack while running. He was 43 and appeared a very fit man. Left behind young kids and a wife.

That was when what my wife had been telling me for a while really hit me. There are no guarantees on this earth. I am fortunate to have the financial resources to be able to do it now so I had to ask myself, what am I waiting for? Not just buying a motor home but doing so many other things as well.

The kids will remember it forever and if tomorrow is my last day here, well I’ll just wish I’d done it sooner so that I could have had more time with them.

i keep a few adages in my phone and read them from time to time and when I come across another that gives me pause, I add it to the list:

  • You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.
  • The greatest mistake you can make in life is constantly being afraid to make one
  • Everyone you meet knows something you don’t.
  • Don't be a jerk to your pets. They’re a few years of your life, but you are all of theirs
  • Next year, you’ll wish you had started today.
  • You're going to die one day. We all are. Do everything you want to do. Don't wind up on your death bed one day thinking of all the things you didn't do because some asshole might have an asshole opinion about it. They're just jealous anyways.
  • Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes but, when we look back everything is different.
  • Resist the inclination to judge others by their actions but yourself by your intentions.
  • You will be dead someday. No matter what you believe, there is no hard proof there is anything more. You will never have a chance like this again. What are you going to do?
  • Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
  • Being bad at something is the first step to being kinda good at something.
  • The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think
  • Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.
  • You can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world and there’s still going to be people who hate peaches.
  • Most of the time multitasking is an illusion. You think you are multitasking, but in reality you are wasting time switching from one task to another.
  • Be weird.
  • If you never heal from what hurt you, you’ll bleed on people who didn’t cut you
  • The world is changed by your example, not your opinion
  • Don’t take criticism from someone you wouldn’t take advice from
  • Do not regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many.
  • All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing.
 
Joined
Nov 17, 2019
Messages
811
Location
Prince William, VA
RV Year
2020
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 4326
RV Length
43
TOW/TOAD
2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
One more that always makes me chuckle, just to lighten the mood on this thread..
  • Opinions are like buttholes, everybody’s got one and they all stink
 
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