Marty Chambers, Largo Florida
(Would Have, Could Have, Should Have)
My wife Frances and I started talking about full-timing about eight or so years ago. I had a friend that went to full-timing about twelve years ago and at the time I could not understand why he would do that. But as the years came and went the idea started looking more and more appealing. Frances and I fell in love with the idea over time and started going to RV shows and figuring out what type of RV would best suit our needs.
The plan was when I turned 58 we would sell the house and most of our "stuff," get the RV, and travel around the country to wherever we desired. Well, three unforeseen things happened: The economy went south, property values went down and their is a glut of houses for sale, and on January 26, 2010 my dear wife was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She died on Earth Day/Good Friday, April 22, 2010, after trying to delay what we knew would come sooner or later. We never had a chance to even get out of town for a day.
I know that this is suppose to be about my life as a full-timer but I felt the need to share my story to pass on a little lesson Frances and I unfortunately learned the hard way. Don't let the would have, could have, and should have become a part of the end of you life like she had to. Had I known better five years earlier I would have done thing differently but you can't dwell on it, it does not make any difference to the way things are.
I fully intend to stick with our plan to full time as soon as I can. I intend to live the rest of my life as if I were dying, it is amazing how differently things are when you are faced with death.
And if you are at lake Solitude in the Tetons Mountains, my wife's favorite place on earth, say hi to Frances Chambers, I spread her ashes in its freezing waters on our anniversary, June 6, 2010. We would have been married 36 years.Go to the RV Life and Travel blog from this page about what so often happens when you put off taking the plunge to go full-time RVing.