Now that I have retired and RV I really feel I contribute more than I did while I worked or at least I contribute in a different way. Working we made a nice income so we contributed through taxes and monetary gifts. I have been retired for sixteen months and now my contributions are through volunteer service. I volunteered as a camp host for the state of Virginia two months last year and gave about 260 hours. I volunteered for a homeless shelter and gave about 350 hours. I plan to continue those endeavors as long as I am able. There are lots of ways to contribute to society.
By the time we retire, IMO, we have made all the "contributions to society" that any reasonable person could expect (and possibly more). To say that a retiree owes even more "contributions to society" is, IMO, sheer idiocy!
Even if you do no more than eat, sleep, and excrete waste, you are "contributing".
Tell the fool to go suck eggs!
CM1, USN (RET)
2002 Fleetwood Southwind 32V, Ford V10
Toad: '06 PT Cruiser, Kar Kaddy dolly
Toy (may become a toad): 2001 Dodge QC SWB, 360 Magnum, Auto, 4X4
"When seconds count, help is only minutes away!"
What presumptious idiot would try and judge what MY contribution to society is, has been, or will be. Maybe I worked hard for 40 years, and now want to do nothing. Or maybe I'm contributing in ways he can't see or know about.
We have far too many people who think they are entitled to tell others how to live. How I handle my retirement is not subject to review by someone else. He should stick to running his own affairs.
Ah, stimulating the economy by spending $$. I'm with that. Unfortunately, I think by him making a comment in general, he's thinking something along the lines of selflessness--a giving without benefit. Of course, RVers are different because people are different. But, generally speaking, I've found that RVs are typically viewed as a luxury, and RVers are typically viewed as "indulging individuals" BY NON-RVERS (average person).
I wrote a response to this the size of a football field, I went off the deep end....lol. Obviously hit a nerve with me. So I am going to shorten it..lol.
WE All contribute to society regardless of working or not or the position in the work force that we hold, we contribute in one way or another in our own ways. Each time we spend a penny we are doing our part...keeping society going and others working. I have to go and massage my raw nerve now...lol.
Look at it this way, the manager gave you some free advise. What do you get for free this day and age. I am busting butt to be in that position in 5 years. I plan to do what I want, when I want, because I earned it. one thing for sure, I love Rving and anything that comes along with it. I will want to keep busy, so when opportunity knocks regarding volunteer, camp host work or workamping, I am there. There is only one bit of advise I can give anyone that goes fulltiming.... BE NICE Miserable people and Rving just dont go together.
Congratulation and enjoy your retirement...you earned it!!!