Had an unusual conversation yesterday and the result ended up tugging at my heart some. Only some, mind you. As you may or may not know, Gina and I are retiring. While speaking with a another manager who is retiring near our date, the conversation turned to, "What are you going to do after you retire?" I gave my usual "Travel" answer. Got an unusual look from him as if he wanted me to say more. So, I elaborated some on travel plans such as RV, cruises, etc, etc. After he saw I wasn't going to add more, and after some discussion, he told me that we can do pretty much do anything we want "...as long as we continue to contribute to society." I thought it unusual, but didn't want to delve into the conversation any longer as I felt a religious-backed discussion could begin and I wasn't up to it.
My personal thoughts are simple. I have a giving plan (charity and other) and yes, it will decrease some with a more limited retirement income. I help family when needed. I volunteer to help others when I see or feel the need. I've served my country for most of my life. Now, I will continue to do these things as I determine, but I also feel like I get to do what I want as well. And for now, that means most of my attention, actions, and efforts will be on the wife and me.
I'm not asking you if what I am going to do is justified or not in your opinion. My thoughts pretty much in order. I want to know your thoughts about the subject line. So, as RVers, do we contribute to society? Should we? How should we? To what degree? Preferably, without judging others, what are your thoughts?
RVers as a whole are too diverse to lump together. Individuals can contribute and many do.
I don't see what being an RV'er has to do with anything, any more than lumping together homeowners or people who live in apartments or people who enjoy bowling or playing bridge as a hobby.
Some RV'ers do planned, organized volunteer work (what I think your acquaintance was probably thinking of). Some help out their friends, family or neighbors whenever there's a need. Some have a talent for saying just the right encouraging words to people who need to hear them. Some use their money to "contribute to society" rather than their time or skills. Some do all of the above.
And some few of any group are likely complete drains on society, barely managing to exist themselves, let alone contribute to anyone/anything else in anything resembling a worthwhile manner.
But most people, regardless of their lifestyle or hobbies, "contribute to society" in some way.
Me and the DH
Two boys and two dogs (and two cats who prefer to stay home)
2008 Forest River Georgetown 350DS (bunkhouse model)
2001 Honda CR-V
If you're spending money while travelling you are contributing to the local economy in a big way!! Tourism is a major business in many spots. It's most certainly a contribution.
Plenty of other ways to contribute too (volunteering etc.) on the road, but that's a personal choice. Even this forum is a contribution! Helping others to solve RV problems and find solutions (and we're all doing it for free too :
My wife will retire in one year, I personally love what I do and intend to keep doing it on a lighter schedule. My belief is that, like one person said,Rvers are very diverse. Those still coming up through the ranks do have more of an obligation to contribute than the ones who have done it for so many years.I don't mean that we quit caring, just that with the lifestyle, and in many cases, a more limited income, and as long as we still get out and move around with our loved ones and friends, we are doing our part. Macktee
04 Monaco Dynasty Diamond 1V ( Homer II)
2012 Ram 1500 4X4 Quad Cab towed
2013 Cargo Mate 28ft enclosed car hauler
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT
2010 Club Car Golf Car
EVERYONE contributes to society in one way or another. RVers are nothing but a microcosm of society in general and all elements are represented. Some make a very positive contribution and others a negative one. MOST of the folks I'm sure feel that their contributions are positive and some of those folks may be wrong.
Good luck / Skip
2011 F-150 HD Ecoboost 3.5 V6. 2550 payload, 17,100 GCVWR - 2004 F-150 HD (Traded after 80,000 towing miles) 2007 Rockwood 8314SS 34' travel trailer
US Govt survey shows three out of four people make up 75% of the total population
I hope you didn't work directly for this person. Sounds like a controlling jerk. It is no one's business how or if you contribute to anything. That's the problem now days, everyone wants to dictate what you should or shouldn't do. Tell him to lay off the lemons for breakfast and get a life LOl
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