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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

At all the places doing all the things



No matter how awesome things are going for you, there's always someone somewhere else doing it better -and with supermodels.

There are only so many days allotted for us on this planet. We don't know the number, nor do we know how healthy and wealthy we'll be during those days.

While in the middle of our travelling adventures my lovely wife and I would hear about someone we knew doing something amazing somewhere else. Worse, sometimes we could have been part of their adventure if we weren't already on one.

First world problem, I know.

Here's the thing. We aren't wealthy. We have some health issues we have to attend to. Like everyone else we have responsibilities. No matter, we are still seeking out new places and things to experience.

Lately I've run into a lot of people who wish to do something. They are dreamers but every wonderful thing will take place someday. Everything has to be perfect before they can have their amazing adventures. You know as well as I that few will ever cast off those dock lines and head out into the unknown. Of the few who do, many will be disappointed when they realize their dreams.

I see it all the time. There's the couple who buy a big RV and head out to see the country, but come home after two weeks and the RV rots in the driveway. We've seen people who plan on sailing the world but never cross an ocean. There are those who fly to exotic lands, but only stay in Western style hotels, eat the same foods as they do at home, and only deal with people who speak English.

You don't just jump into adventures and expect to be good at them right off. It takes a lot of stepping outside of the comfort zone to begin to enjoy it. There are people who are stuck and their ruts and do not want to get out of them. They go to work, come home, watch TV -rinse and repeat. Some people live their whole lives that way. What a waste of human potential. Will they have regrets on their deathbed?

Sometimes I have a twinge of regret that I didn't discover sailing at a young age. I'd have disappeared at sea at 18. Then again, I would not have married my amazing wife and had three wonderful daughters. No one can do everything. At least I've done something.

There are times when I hope the reincarnationists are right. That way I can come back and do the things I missed this time around. But why take the chance? Go to at least some of the places and experience some of the things before you die.

-Sixbears

18 comments:

  1. This post is what my grandfather told me. He said he wished he had_________ when he was younger. He told me to Go, Do, have fun and see stuff. I hope to be 80 and say I wish I could do it again. Thanks for the post !

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    1. You are welcome. I'm never sure how this sort of post will be received. Glad you liked it.

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  2. Glad Hubby and I did all what we did while we were younger. Any regrets? Not going to Alaska when I had the chance. Oh well, there is always YouTube. :o)

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    1. Alaska's still there. You are still here. There's hope yet.

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  3. I travel whenever possible. I've been to many places and hope to go to more before I leave this earth. Next January I'm going to Indonesia and am learning some of the language so as not to be viewed as an ugly American. I may be in my 70's but that doesn't mean I have to act like it.

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    1. Sounds like a fasinating trip -enjoy!

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  4. Sometimes even the fun things require some elbow grease, but that makes it truly worth the effort

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    1. The work can be half the fun. Helps to have something to work for.

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  5. Hermit's Baby SisMay 6, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Amen, Sixbears. Hubby and I travel, using savings from our retirement fund. We will, I'm sure still enjoy retirement, but what if I don't get there, or he's too old and sick once I do? What good will the money do us then? We'll enjoy it now, together, while we both still can, thank you.
    Today is a gift, that's why it's called the "present".

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    1. Lots of people enjoy bits and pieces of their "retirement" when they are young enough to enjoy it. Good plan!

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  6. We live by one of the largest cemetery places in the tri-county, oh my goodness sakes alive, never met anyone who came back from that cemetery to explore what might have been and who the hell pays for those plots and funeral at the place, we attended a church that was going to be built at that place, the average funeral was about $11,000 in 1978 can you imagine what they get now? NO THANK YOU SIR! I would rather die penliness after traveled hither and yon, than to have big plot etc. also a life regretted is a bitter life..No one will live forever but really living entails food, faith and familia in my book we have never had money, a home, health insurance a job, small family, lot of cats and dogs but no money, we travel when we can to the shore with kids I knew and my hubs since kindergarten and have a ball..one has to have some balance and happiness, this is definitely not heaven on earth more the other way around a hell on earth!

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    1. If you have fun along the way, dying broke could be good planning. Hope my kids don't have high hopes of inheriting anything.

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  7. I do like the way you think, Sixbears. Seems like you and the wife are doing just fine and enjoying things together. Having a good partner can sure make a difference!

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    1. Better to be single than to have the wrong partner. However, if someone is lucky enough to have the right partner, they really have something.

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  8. I guess I'm like Mole in the Wind and the Willows. Living in a nice little burrow in the river bank, but just every once in awhile I get the urge to get out there and travel. Of course, when Mole did that life got exciting, and I'm damn sure not looking for excitement. I got all that out of my system when I was young.

    Maybe some day I'll get a houseboat (a modest one) or a nice truck camper rig, or maybe I'll just keep looking at them in magazines and enjoying thinking about it. I never know from one day to the next what's going to happen, let alone way down the road.

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    1. Nice to have some "what if" ideas. If things suddenly change you'll have something to build on.

      Nothing wrong with being content where you are. . . as long as that's what you really want.

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