After reading my comments in yesterdays blog about tornadoes and the fact that we’ve had a couple of close calls over the years, I received e-mails from two different people who tell me that they are terrified of traveling in much of the country because of tornadoes and other natural disasters that might happen.
One lady wrote to say that between tornadoes in the Midwest and South, earthquakes in California, and hurricanes on the southeast coast they are always afraid to venture far from their home in New England. The other person who wrote me said that after being caught in one nasty storm in Oklahoma several years ago, they have confined their traveling to the Pacific Northwest. How do you respond to people like this?
I want to tell them to just relax and enjoy themselves. Yes, they might get caught in some kind of natural disaster. They might even get killed in one. But what the heck, we’ve all got to die of something! We might as well have fun until that happens, right?
It’s not my point to belittle their very real concerns, but that’s the truth. None of us are getting out of this life alive. We all come with an expiration date, we just don’t know what ours is. You never know when you climb behind the wheel of your car for a quick trip to the grocery store if some drunk won’t hit you head on, or some idiot busy texting takes you out. You could fall victim to anything from a psychopath to a rabid dog, you might get a bad plate of seafood, or a meteorite may come through the roof and cave in your skull while you’re napping on the sofa some afternoon.
You’re right, none of those things will probably ever happen to you. I hope not. I hope you die peacefully in your sleep at a very old age, surrounded by the people who love you.
But more than that, I hope you enjoy all of the years you have left between now and then. Sometimes all we can do is use common sense, take normal precautions, and leave the rest up to God or fate, whichever you choose. There is a great big country out there filled with wonderful places to see, fascinating people to meet, and exciting things to do. Please don’t let fear keep you from living your life to the fullest.
A while back John and Kathy Huggins from the Living The RV Dream website visited with us in our motorhome and interviewed me for one of their podcasts. John and Kathy are very a nice couple, and their weekly podcasts always have a lot of very good information in them for RVers. During our visit we talked about everything from working on the road to our Gypsy Journal rallies and self-publishing. John and Kathy plan to be at our rally in Celina, Ohio in September, and John will be doing a seminar on podcasting. We are looking forward to having them there. Click here to listen our visit, and check in often with John and Kathy to see what they’re up to.
Thought For The Day – It doesn’t work to leap a twenty-foot chasm in two ten-foot jumps.