I have reached the point of excitement. My new lifestyle will soon be moving from life in an RV in my local area to actual life on the road. I am now on my last two weeks of work, with the 16th of August being my final day. I am training someone to take my place at work, will soon have the closing date on my house, and once that is completed we will set off on our new lifestyle.
This past weekend Paul and I opened up the “basement” storage in the motor home and got the last boxes out of my car and into the RV. Not everything is sorted and organized the way we want, but I am at least officially in the motor home totally and completely. The next two weeks will be a whirlwind of finishing up things at work and training my replacement, a doctor’s appointment, turning in my lease vehicle, finishing up paperwork, listing the second home I own for sale, and closing on the home I was residing in. In someways the day when I can “hit the road” seems so far away, and yet so close. Time passes quickly when trying to get everything finished in the final moments.
We are now starting to plan the first leg of our travels, and it is exciting and a bit nerve wracking at the same time. I am semi-retiring prior to retirement age, so will need to do remote or seasonal work while on the road to supplement the spousal pension I receive. Until I have a steady income from remote or seasonal work I will be concerned about finances. That is just me.
At the same time, if I didn’t jump at this opportunity now to travel full-time I know I would regret it for years to come. You only live once, so might as well make the most of it. What are that chances that I will ever again run across the opportunity to live full time in a motor home traveling Canada and the United States with a person with whom I am compatible who is also a fellow photographer?
I hope this is a life style we can enjoy for several years. The opportunity to experience a variety of cultures and the diversity of nature as we travel cross country is something I am looking forward to. As I travel I plan to keep a journal about my travels. I enjoy freelance writing and hopefully you will see my writing and/or photographs not only in this blog, but also in published magazines and journals.
If you have any “must see” locations in Canada or the United States, please share.
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Your attitude, the way you think or feel, is generally reflected in your behavior. Your own personal demeanor affects the way people view and respond to you. The attitude of people around you has an impact on the way you respond and behave toward them. I believe that temperament impacts people both emotionally and physically, and for that reason a positive attitude is important to a person’s emotional well-being.
Your own personal attitude has a great impact on how you feel throughout the day and your overall outlook on life. If you feel that life has thrown you the scrungy bone and you must gnaw away at it, you will likely make very little progress and will feel depressed, over burdened and uninspired about life. Not only will your attitude leave you feeling low, but it will be portrayed in your dealings with others, and may leave them feeling oppressed by emotions as well.
Alternatively if you go through your day with a positive attitude, knowing that no matter what happens things are going to improve, your positive outlook will not only keep you emotionally stable, it will affect those around you as well. Why? Because with a positive mindset you maintain an emotionally healthy attitude, and that positive outlook is well received by all around you.
The attitude a person portrays has great impact on how others perceive them. This is frequently most obvious when dealing with economic differences. A person’s temperament when interacting with those he/she perceives to be below their social class is one of the most obvious insights into a person’s character. Stiffness, curt politeness, a lack of genuine friendliness or outright rudeness is evident in those who think themselves better than others. Far greater is the person who realizes those differences yet treats all with kindness and compassion.
If you have the opportunity to take part in a gathering in which there are a wide range of economic levels sit back and enjoy the show. People of money may snub those who they view as being below them. Those who are of lower income ranges may be intimidated by the social status and obvious wealth of others. The true judge of character in this type of setting is the person of wealth who treats those who are struggling economically with consideration, kindness, and as an equal. This is a person of great integrity. They recognize that they have obtained wealth, but they do not fault those around them that have been unable to achieve that goal.
It is important that a person maintain a positive attitude as that is crucial to success, and the key to success is belief in one’s own ability. This does not mean you will always achieve your goals. The key to keeping positive is to always be striving for something. Regardless of whether or not you succeed, attitude is at least 50% of the battle. There is a saying, “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, either way you are right.” That is how strongly attitude affects your ability to succeed in whatever you set out to accomplish.
As you go through life keep your attitude in check. Think about how it affects your own emotional well being. Think about how it affects the emotional well-being of others. Don’t focus on problems, focus on possibilities. Keep your integrity about you and let it guide you in how you handle interactions with others. Think positive. Believe in yourself. Believe in others. A positive attitude will take you farther than you ever dreamed possible.