Thank you to those of you who wrote expressing concern after I got sick from eating food with onions in it Sunday evening, which I am very allergic to. After an uncomfortable night, I woke up feeling somewhat better yesterday morning. Not great, but better.
After doing my morning mile on the treadmill, I plopped down in my recliner and watched TV for an hour or so, then decided I really should do something to earn my keep. So I logged onto my email account, deleted the junk and forwards that managed to make it through my spam filter, and then answered several legitimate ones.
I had to smile at one email, from a fellow named James Lamson, who wrote that he and his wife took a sabbatical from their jobs to spend a year on the road fulltiming. That year is up June 1, and it’s almost time to go back to work. He said that yesterday morning over breakfast he looked at his wife and said, “I don’t want to do that, do you?” Her reply was, “Not even a little bit. We can take early retirement right now, and even though we will get less money, we’ve got enough put away to make up the difference and tide us over for a few years until Social Security kicks in. Let’s live for today.”
I love that attitude. Some people may call it irresponsible and say you should work as long as you can to maximize your retirement benefits, Not me. We all come with an expiration date, and none of us knows when it is. Nobody on their deathbed ever said, “I wish I had worked more overtime.”
In all of our years on the road, talking to fulltimers all over the country, whenever I asked them if they had any regrets, the one they most often shared was that they wished they had started sooner. Terry and I began fulltiming when we were both in our mid-40s, which was pretty much unheard of back then. And even though we’ve gotten off the road for part of the year, you couldn’t buy those 17 years of fulltiming we had for any amount of money.
After I was done with the email, I got to work in my new book, and it turned into a productive day. Once I got into it, things started coming together for me. By the time I knocked off about 7 PM I had another 4,500 words under my belt, bringing the total up to close to 9,000 words in four days. Not fantastic, but it’s a good start. I hope to do as well today.
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Thought For The Day – Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. Since I cannot sing, I paint. – Georgia O’Keefe