Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Mar 1, '05 Getting Philosophical Today

Today, the rain has left and we are back to partly cloudy weather. I read that the eastern states are having another snow storm as far south as Georgia. I have lived in Connecticut and New York during my high school years and have experienced white winters. Sharon has never lived in snow country.

It might be fun to go back east when we go full timing. Arrive in time to watch the fall colors change and then park and winterize the motorhome. Rent an apartment and stay for 2 to four months to have the full experience of winter.

Once you no longer have a "real job" and are more flexible with your time, many options open to those who think about new things in their lives. Often retirement is the catalyst that opens these new doors. However, I am reading in RV.net that a lot of younger people are full-timing in RV's. They are doing things we might have only dreamed of during our working lives.

For some reason I got to thinking about the rest of my/our lives. I am 62 years old as of January 1 this year. I just started taking my early Social Security check. I will let Sharon work on the income producing aspects of our endeavors. Anyway, I figure there is a good chance that Sharon and I have another 33 years or more of productive life or until I am at least 90 years old. By productive, I mean actively pursuing life, not necessarily working. However, with online income it could include some work.

Thirty-three years. We have been married 38 years. That means we have almost our current married life in years ahead of us. Barring accident or illness, living to 90 in a healthy state is becoming more and more the norm these days. My parents and Sharon's Mom lived into their late 80s or early 90s. We have longevity in our family histories.

WOW! That means we could go full timing for 5 or 10 years and then......... ??? What might you do with the rest of your life? What would make you look at things just a little differently than you do today? This morning's thought is a real revelation to me. 33 more years of active productive life ahead. If we start today to lose weight, tone our bodies and change some attitudes and ideas, we just may have a better life ahead of us than we have had behind us. Our life behind us has been good. Not rich. Not all it could have been, but is has been good.

So, today is the first day of the rest of our lives. How about you? Does this give you some food for thought? Maybe give you a direction to think about? Could you improve your life and prospects for the future if you thought about it a little?


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