I'll gladly address the full-timing question!
As a prodigy of the ‘60s, I can recall sitting in the family room of a patriarch’s home glued to the television set to watch the adventures of Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom with host Marlin Perkins. Week after week this lad would be affixed to the television set like the knobs themselves, sitting patiently waiting for the opening credits to reveal that episode’s adventure. With bated breath and crossed fingers, I would always hope for another story of the North American frontier and week after week disappointment would set in. Not entirely true but we’re talking about a kid still celebrating birthdays in single digits and in the mind of a child that was the way it seemed. The broadcast season never seemed balanced in my opinion. Youth would wonder why there were so many episodes about lions, tigers, pandas, and other exotic animals reported on from distant shores when it was the moose, buffalo, bear and wild horses closer to home that should have their day in the sun. There was a spectrum of wildlife all about this continent that was going unnoticed or forgotten, or so it seemed. This schoolboy wanted to learn more about his homeland and less about foreign shores. I longed to learn more about the mountains, forests, prairies and deserts of the Northern Hemisphere in particular Canada and the United States. Jungles, rain forests, rivers and lake fronts overseas didn’t amount to a hill of beans with me back then. It was the terrain outside city limits that sparked interest. So it was decided as a child when opportunity presented itself, it would be that day I would set out to experience this land first hand, and when that day came some thirty plus years later I did just that. What follows is The Odyssey born of that dream. A story at times I even find difficultly in believing, but live it I did and what a ride it has been. And I did it with a Camp-Inn 550 Classic in tow; I've been full-timing for twelve years come June 23, 2017, or as I like to say: 93 years in teardrop time.
How do I come up with that math? Its actually quite simple. If the average teardrop spends three days a month away from home "x" eleven months (3 x 11 = 33) that equates to thirty-three days on the road. Now, if we include summer vacation and throw in fourteen days for that, that now becomes 47 days (33 + 14 = 47) touring the country. I think it is safe to say that most of us would agree that the average teardrop doesn't spend 47 days away from home. As I said, I've been full-timing for twelve years and that is equivalent to 4,380 days, add three days for Leap Years and that equals 4,383. 4,383 full-timing days ÷ 47 average days = 93.25 average years. In case you were wondering, 100 years will be reached in May 2018. Oh the things a person thinks about when full-timing.
Living as a full-time minimalist is not as difficult as one might think, actually it is quite liberating. It allows for one to live in the moment---not planning ahead or dwelling in the past---the here and the now. To be in the present moment is a gift from the Heavens, and I thank the Holy Spirit for such blessings.
Living in the present is made easier when one is not attached to results, expectations or things, which can become a challenge in American society. From the onset of birth we are trained to believe that to have more is better, and without it we are nothing. As adults, very few amongst us ever break free of the training. Hollywood, media, big business and government have all capitalized on this and all are determined to keep us hungry for more. Through movies, publications, ads, social media and empty promises the rich have gotten richer and the poor have been frustrated. What most amongst us don't realize is: "If you don't go within, then you go without." ~Neale Donald Walsch And no amount of goods or services is ever going to fill that void in the center of the chest, but love can and so can loving acts of kindness.
It has been observed that the five things people regret most on their deathbed are as followed: 1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me; 2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard; 3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings; 4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends; and 5. I wish that I had let myself be happier. I saw how each one of these was true with me upon retiring from the U.S. Navy.
Also, the one I hope to never hear from myself would be: I wish I had allowed myself to have more ice cream. No one is ever heard saying they wish they had a bigger house, a bigger yard, more things to fill their home, a faster car, or even more money. What they regret more than anything else is that they didn't receive or give more love. Perhaps the Beatles song is right: All You Need Is Love.
The past twelve years have allowed me to live without regret; it has allowed me to live with more love in my heart. Also, I happen to agree with Mark Twain's famous quote, so much so that it has become The Odyssey's motto: "What lies before you and what lies behind you pales insignificant when compared to what lies within you. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do (note it doesn't say "have") than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the harbor, and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~Mark Twain
And there you have it; you've been exposed to the mind of a full-timer. You may not agree with some of what was shared and that is okay. Because I'm not living my life for you, but have enjoyed sharing it with you. After all, isn't that what love does?
Walk in Beauty,
Rev. Bear Moore, CPO USN(Ret)
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"What lies before you and what lies behind you pales insignificant when compared to what lies within you. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the harbor, and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~Mark Twain.