I used to hate sitting still. Or sitting at all. Even now I don’t sit still — there’s a motor down there in my bum always moving and figeting and sliding back and forth — so much so that I’ve managed to break more chairs than I’d like to admit. I have always found it hard to be STILL.
“Most of my treasured memories of travel
are recollections of sitting.”
– Robert Thomas Allen
A great many of my memories of places we’ve been and things we’ve done are recollections of sitting; sitting with a loved one, enjoying whatever it is that we were doing at the moment. Enjoyment — it’s a good thing. Enjoyment precedes appreciation, but (sadly) is no guarantee of appreciation.
“Travel at its truest is thus an ironic experience,
and the best travelers… seem to be those
able to hold two or three inconsistent ideas
in their minds at the same time,
or able to regard themselves as
at once serious persons and clowns.”
– Paul Fussell
In hope that our stay here in Milwaukee is winding down and that we may get out of here early in November I’ve let orders for a couple items I’ve been holding off on — improvements to our WiFi and Router. I hate spending money and while things were more uncertain I wasn’t about to pull the trigger on larger purchases.
I guess that’s why I chose that Paul Fussell quotation. I’ve always been aware of how full time RV’ing is the ability to simultaneously hold seemingly inconsistent ideas, hopes, sets of plans — but lately it seems to be more important than ever.
Waiting and planning, seeing your plans come to naught, and planning again — that is just what happens to RV’ers. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. You must be willing to live through changes if you want to go RV’ing.
And at least in our experience, part of that waiting is done — whilst sitting. The thing about sitting is that you have a chance to appreciate what’s happening. And if not appreciate what’s happening, at least to think about it: to be conscious of it, to mull it over, to reflect on what it might mean — or how it might affect you.
It seems sometimes — especially when I listen to politicians winding up for the next election cycle — that there’s a lot going on in this country that people aren’t really thinking about. There are real problems in our society and curiously both the Democrats and the Republicans are talking about topics they think will get them elected but not about the problems that we face, or the inequalities and injustices that exist. Not being a politician, I have a luxury. I have the time to listen to what they are really saying (and not what they want me to THINK they are saying) and secondly whether anyone is addressing the things that affect me: both in my retirement and in the way we choose to spend out time and efforts. So far no one is getting good marks and I find myself wanting to spend more and more time away from society.
It’s hard to hold inconsistent points of view if you are a logical person. My reasonable part cries out for order in the universe. But things like RV breakdowns and medical problems, strange weather patterns and fluctuations in fuel prices, family problems and friends with needs all make me realize how important it is to be able to adapt from one set of plans to another — sometimes at very little notice. When we are working, committed to a company for which we work — those kind of abrupt life changes don’t often happen. People expect you to be stable; and instability is seen as quite a ‘dangerous’ thing. Yet as we age, we find that need to embrace what once was seen as instability as a major cog in our coping strategy. Curious how things do change.
I’m just about caught up on my chores. Peg has a procedure to go through tomorrow and I have a test to be taken. Following that we wait for one more doctor’s appointment and then maybe we’ll hit the road. I can’t wait; but if I must wait we’ll do the best we can and adjust accordingly.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.
P.S.: Not many photos of ME sitting. 🙂