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Your Favorite Places to Be?

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You don't have much (if any) control over when you die, but you have a lot of control over where you die.

You've heard the old expression, "I wouldn't be caught dead in that place." If that's the way you feel about a place, by all means, don't go there, and for sure, don't spend much time at that place.

If this were your final day or your final month on earth, where would you like to be and what would you like to be doing? Maybe you should think about being there or doing what you would like to do.

We've all heard people say, "He died doing what he loved to do." Or, "She died in the place she loved." Wouldn't you like for people to say that about you when you die? Make it easy for them to say that, by spending a lot of time doing what you love to do and being where you love to be.

I know that there can be a lot of things, jobs, taking care of family, and other responsibilities that could limit your freedom to do what you love all the time. After all, you can't go fishing every day--or maybe you can. Give it some thought and decide what's really holding you back.

The more time you spend doing what you love to do and in the place (or places) you love, the better chance you will have of being in that place or doing that thing when you die.

If you're wondering why I'm talking about dying in this article, it's because I will be attending the funeral this week for a cousin of mine who died suddenly a couple of days ago. He was 59 and was looking forward to retirement. He thought he was fine when he got up, but he was dead from a heart attack before lunchtime.

I know of two other friends of friends (both in their 30s) who were killed this week in car accidents. All of this happening during the last few days was enough to make me stop and think about how quickly life can end. It made me realize how happy I was doing the things I like and being in the places I love. That's one of the main advantages of living the RVing lifestyle.

When it comes to being in places I like, here is the view out the window of my motorhome this morning.

Here is a picture of where I was parked in the mountains before I came to Florida. There are a lot of trout in the river, and it looks nice, but less than a week after I left they had 10 inches of snow. I got out just in time.

I like both of these places, but I like discovering new places too.

Bottom line: Take the time to think about what you're doing and where you're doing it. Make sure you're not relying too much on being happy someday. Someday may never come.

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