Monday, December 5, 2022


Do today. Don’t put off until tomorrow. It may not come


By Chuck Woodbury

I met a woman the other day, early 70s, who told me that she and her husband had planned to be traveling these days. They worked hard their whole lives, saved money, and dreamed of when they would be free. Then, about the time they were counting down to their freedom, her husband developed a rare disease that took away his eyesight. End of dream.

How about your dream? Are you living it or waiting for some “perfect” time when circumstances are just right? Years ago, when I was in my late 30s, I left a comfy life to follow my own dream. I sold everything and bought a tiny motorhome to become a wandering travel writer. For much of the next ten years, I drove 150,000 miles of America, writing and publishing my “on the road” newspaper Out West. Not a month passed that I didn’t receive at least one letter from a reader who said, “Chuck, I admire you for following your dream. I had a dream, too, but then I got sick (or my wife got sick) and now it can never happen.”

In my case, those ten years were incredibly rewarding — oh, the people, the places … the adventure! Alas, that decade also left me temporarily broke. Still, it was worth every penny I didn’t have.

If, in your heart, you have a dream for your life, then march toward it beginning today. Don’t wait! No excuses! Time has a way of swiftly slipping by, and it has no preference whether we live a life of dreaming or live the life we dream.

“How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” —Jane Austen

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” —Pablo Picasso

“To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.” —Robert M. Pirsig

“Today’s egg is better than tomorrow’s hen.” —Turkish proverb

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Barb Hofmeister
6 years ago

Chuck, I am so glad you are still out there and writing. You might remember me. We were full-time RVers for 14 years, wrote 3 books on full-time RVing and gave seminars all over the place. We bought a stick house in Arizona in 2003 and loved the senior community, but Ron died this past February after a long illness and right away I thought I should get a small RV and go out again, but I’d have to sell the house which I might have to do anyway. Now, I fear I am too old. I will be 79 in a month. I’ll think on it. I loved being on the road.

Chuck Woodbury(@chuck)
6 years ago

Of course I remember you, Barb. So sorry to hear about Ron. I hope you find a way to get back into an RV. It’s amazing the number of people in your situation — and I am thinking about women in particular — who still keep up their RV travel., as you know, is a great source of information and inspiration. I hope to see you again someday! — Chuck

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