We’ve been putting in long, hard days at the hospital with our friends Jim and Shar Lewis as she draws closer to what appears to be the inevitable. It’s not the way we’d prefer to be spending our time, but it’s what is needed now for the people we love.
Jim and I go back over 25 years and even though we’re not related by blood we’re like brothers and all of his real family passed on long ago. 21 years ago we traveled this same path together when he lost his first wife to cancer. We were talking yesterday and he said he doesn’t know if he should feel blessed to have had two wonderful women in his life, or cursed to lose them. What do you say when somebody tells you something like that?
The one thing this whole experience has reinforced for us is that Terry and I are so glad we followed our dreams and became fulltime RVers 15 years ago. Jim and Shar had dreams that they were going to follow someday too. They wanted to spend at least a year living in Hawaii, and then a year fulltiming in an RV and then they’d decide whether to continue with one or the other. But first they wanted to finish remodeling the house to get it ready to sell, and this and that, and the dream would get pushed back another year.
Friends, if you have a dream, forget all of those silly reasons why you can’t do it today and go for it. You won’t regret it. In all of our time on the road, that is the singular most common thing people tell us over and over again, that they wish they had not waited so long. And I can’t begin to tell you how many stories just like Jim and Shar’s we have heard, where people waited too long and illness or death put a stop to their dreams before they ever began.
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Thought For The Day – Remember when we were all kids and couldn’t wait to grow up? What the hell were we thinking?