Friday 22nd June 2007, Sunshine Coast.
Linda and I have now been living in our caravan travelling around this country of ours for going on seven years now and I have recently been pondering whether it was a correct decision to make. Considering that when I left work with that idea in mind there were a few work colleagues, and others, dumb foundered that we could even consider doing so: Well read on and learn.
We have now seen a great deal of Australia, something we never would have done if we vegetated at home, and have now learned that there is much more to be seen, we havenâ€™t been to the west yet. One thing we both now enjoy is watching those travel shows on tellie and being able to say â€œWe have been thereâ€? or â€œWe know where that is and look forward to being there soonâ€?. We have met hundreds of people in our travels and have continued friendships with many of them. We have learned that people living the same, or a similar, lifestyle are the friendliest group of people around, meeting many of them and getting together telling our individual stories brings the friendship out of many.
More importantly than anything, I am convinced that this lifestyle has got to be a great help in improving ones health. Even though I started a lifestyle change before I left work, giving up alcohol due to having bad liver problems, I now find that my health is better than it has been for quite a number of years. This can only be attributed to not having any more stress and pressures from work, and believe me the last couple of years at work were extremely stressful. I have recently had a visit to a doctor and had a minor check-up with blood tests etc. and even though I was not surprised with the results, they were quite revealing. My blood pressure was actually down to absolute normal, the first time I can recall for at least the last twenty years or more. All bodily functions showed very normal, in fact the doctor, whom I had never seen before, actually questioned my earlier statement of being diabetic, stating that there were no signs at all in the blood tests that there were any hints of any diabetic related problems. My answer was that my diabetes was now not a problem after my liver has rebuilt itself and regained normal functions.
Need I say any more. This is a lifestyle I have recommended to people who have been considering it by saying, â€œIf you have the desire and opportunity, then donâ€™t think about it, just do it, you will be surprised by the resultsâ€?.
I recently received an email from an ex work mate who mentioned that he and his wife have recently purchased a small caravan and had considered the travelling thing, but being a person who needs a shed, and things to keep himself busy, like fixing TVâ€™s and things, didnâ€™t think he could handle the change. I didnâ€™t actually say this to him, but I would not be surprised if he did actually succumb to the lifestyle change. I find that there is hardly a moment, apart from wet cold days, that there is nothing to do to occupy ones time, and there are plenty of opportunities to actually do TV work during travelling. This is one thing that does occupy a fair bit of my time, setting up Set Top Boxes, and helping configure aerials etc.
There are disadvantages, of course, like Linda missing the opportunity to spent a lot more time with the grandkids and other family, but she does get the chance to fly home whenever she wants for a visit, as she has done a couple of times each year.
It is also fortunate that I have been paying superannuation all my working career, as there now seems to be enough there to provide us with a reasonable living for quite a while, all going well.
I could prattle on like this for ages, but I wonâ€™t because I think I have made my point, and have convinced myself that this has probably been the best decision I have made in my entire life.