As I write this, I am sitting by a fire, smoking a cigar, enjoying a glass of bourbon and watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. It’s not a bad way to spend a Monday night.
I am doing this just north of Ventura, California, relaxing in front of my new motor home. My wife and I just bought a 30-foot motor home, our first. We picked it up on Friday, spent the weekend here on a very enjoyable test run with family and friends and, since my wife was busy tonight, I jumped back in and drove back up to the exact same spot. I have a feeling that this lifestyle is going to be our next “big” thing, our 5.0, if you will.
I am a firm believer in getting as much as possible out of each day, each week, each month and each year. It is a lifestyle that is exhausting, fun, adventurous, sometimes stressful and sometimes expensive. But it is always a lifestyle of choice. I acknowledge that not all of the choices my wife and I have made are for everyone and that we all have different interests, different financial and time commitments, and different flexibilities. However, it is certainly possible for all of us to make an effort to design our lives. In all candor, I watch too many people who allow their lives to be designed by others, who don’t make proactive choices, or who simply let time pass and then wonder where it went.
This post is not meant to be a lecture or a suggestion that my choices are the ones that you should be making. Instead, I hope it serves as a reminder (one that I need frequently!) that the 24 hours we have in a day will go by at the same pace for all of us and, at the end of the day (or week, or month, or year), it’s up to each of us to decide how we’d like to answer the question, “what’s happening?”
For me and my wife, 5.0 is what’s happening. Why 5.0? Well, 1.0 was my son playing baseball. He had 1,500 games in eight years, and we went to all but three of them. 2.0 was my daughter riding horses. We followed her around the state and loved every weekend of the years she rode. 3.0 was my son again, after he traded baseball for debate (high school and college), and 4.0 was a great five-year run with a boat. Each of those life periods was fantastic and I wouldn’t trade a minute of any of them. Memories, both good and bad, are weaved into the events and activities of those times. And now, I’m excited to see where 5.0, the RV, will take us – literally and figuratively.
Share with me what your “.0’s” are…