I have just made my 10 000th post on MHF here I have made a couple of posts on MHF over the past few hours that are relevent to fulltiming:-
I was talking to a friend (made via MHF) earlier this evening about the next few weeks.
We are currently in Yorkshire having come here to have the RV serviced by the MHF RV mechanic.
We are planning to nip down to another MHF friend’s sons wedding in Devizes shortly.
Then its upto Newcastle to another MHF friend’s dog show to take photographs of the show.
Then its over to Southport to spend the first bank holiday in August with 50 MHFers on the seafront, then a couple of weeks later its over to Tollerton for another weekend with MHFers.
Its then a long drive to the MHF gathering at The Shepton Mallett show and then to Brean for the MHF follow on rally.
We love our life and I guess at the moment we have MHF to thank for arranging our diary for us.
Prior to joining MHF neither Shona nor myself knew anyone from outside of the UK. Now we have friends all over Europe and they – you are great.
For us its the members of MHF that its all about but to Nuke we thank him for building the initial house we all share on the internet.
Thanks for spotting it prior to the 10 000th Catherine and Steve to give me the opportunity to make this post. Its a bit scary after the problems with one of the threads that has hit a high number. Hopefully I will still be here as I hit the 10001st post hopefully not
I winder what fulltiming actually means? After all if we take it literally then we all fulltime, some live fulltime in a motorhome, some fulltime in a house.
When we are young and thinking about buying a house no one says that you must save up £100 000 pounds as a safety net in case it goes belly-up, although of course the building societies are not far off asking for that sort of deposit now.
Of course used generically the term within motorhome circles means living in your motorhome. A year ago I said that fulltimers had a secret and Sallytrafic asked me what it was. I could not answer him since I had not worked it out at that point and I still haven’t quite got around to putting it into words but the following is certainly very much part of it, taken from something I read on MHF yesterday but have read before
TWO GLASSES OF WINE
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses of wine…
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two glasses of wine from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
‘Now,’ said the professor, as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things; your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favourite passions; things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.’
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else; the small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.’
‘Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. Do one more run down the ski slope. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first; the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.’
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine represented.
The professor smiled. ‘I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for
a couple of glasses of wine with a friend.’
Fulltiming has certainly helped me get my priorities in order
Thought I would paste them here as they are very relevant to us. I think its very important to have a plan rather than to just wander and also to know why you are fulltiming.