The aging RVer
I am sitting here tonight comtemplating that in two days I will “celebrate” my 67th birthday. On this event I am looking at our current and future RVing situation and wondering what the near future holds for this “aging RVer”??
With today’s modern medical advances, 67 is not really “old”, but for certain, I have noticed a difference in my abilities to live the RV lifestyle. In particular I have become keenly aware of limitation on my efforts to keep the motorhome clean, and polished. In the past I would spend hours washing, waxing, and meticulously cleaning the coach, taking pride in removing even small spots. This year the days have flown by and my RV sits in the driveway with a nice even coating of road dirt. Believe me this is something that in years past, would not have happened. Yet I simply cannot find time in my day to get the dirt off like I used to. My thought is that there used to be 24 hours in a day. Now it seems more like 18 or 19. Obviously this is a reflection of my diminishing energy level and reduced ability to get everything done that I want to do.
My brain still works, at least I think it does, but my physical body just doesn’t get things done as quickly as it used to, nor does it keep going as long as it used to. This situation is of course, a source of great frustration to me, and something I have to live with every day.
So, I not only adjust my daily schedule to accomodate my reduced stamina, I also have to adjust my mental attitude to accept less from my physical body so as to reduce the frustration I feel. That is my present. What is my future as I (hopefully) continue to age? Will I be able to continue to enjoy RVing? Can I continue on the same schedule of trips and activities as I have in the past? What can/should I do to extend my RVing lifestyle as far into the future as I can?
There is also one other very serious consideration that I think of often. When will I no longer be able to safely live my RV lifestyle? When will my aging body no longer be able to function in such a way as to allow me to operate the coach in a manner that is safe for me and others on the highway. Even more important, will I recognize that my skills have diminished and unilaterally step down from the driver seat? Or, will someone close to me have to tell me that it is time? Will I accept that advice, or will I stubbornly continue traveling despite advice to the contrary, and possibly do harm to myself or others?
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not obsessing over this situation. I am trying to be realistic about it and make adjustments as best I can. I think it is important to be aware of our own abilities and our limitations. I am a commercial licensed airplane pilot but voluntarily quit flying a few years ago as I recognized my limitations could possibly be creating a dangerous situation for myself and others. Will I be able to exercise that same good judgement in the future?
I know, I know. This is a whole lot of obsessing, but it is also something that we all have to think about, particularly as we approach those “golden years”. A large part of the RVing community comprises senior citizens. Fortunately we tend to pass on our love of RVing and traveling to our descendents at the same time we are enjoying our lifestyle and the cycle continues. However that large segment of this community that is aging really has a lot to think about as we travel down the road. Let’s hope we stay healthy, happy and sensible about our ability to continue to enjoy the lifestyle.
Until next time,