“Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.”
For most of my seven decades, the complexities of each day demanded more than I could give. Reflecting on it all, I managed to do the right thing 25-35% of the time. I think.
The rest of it I made a royal mess of.
So, as I move through the twilight years, simplicity has become my ataraxia. Single syllables. Life is surprisingly easy when the madness and caprice is eliminated.
Recently we engaged in a mission that required time, money, and decisions. We don’t have a lot of time and very little money. As for decisions, especially those that relate to color and style, I’ve developed a fondness for procrastination.
So…………….the task of remodeling the RV with new furniture, a new floor, and new curtains as well as repairing the integrity of our structure destroyed by years at a gate in the oil patch took on a daunting vastitude.
Somehow we muddled through it all.
Despite thousands of dollars, several weeks, and hundreds of miles, the crown jewel of it all, for me, is something very simple.
A porcelain sink.
It is the one thing I did myself. I measured myself. I went to Lowes myself. I selected a new sink myself. I installed it myself.
It wasn’t hard to do. Actually, it was very simple. And it was only $39. The least expensive repair we made. But it was the only task I performed and I did good.
My God but I love that porcelain sink. Something I got right.
Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
I saw the other photos of your reno and loved what you guys did. I laughed when I read your final quote. You give more time than I ever did. Our question always had a short term…will it matter a year from now? Yours makes more sense because I’d always yell in frustration, “Yes, it WILL still matter a year from now!” Now, I’m older and I let go of the “small things” in a shorter amount of time…which equals the amount of time left in my life! I try to stay away from people who try to project their negativity on me. Fortunately, you are a positive influence:)
Did we meet in a prior life? I hope so. That’s what my dreams tell me anyway.
Here’s the deal. I’m not stupid, I understand RV manufacturers are trying to save a dime. However, I wonder if any of them ever took the time to figure out how much a little quality (especially in bulk) might impress a customer. I would gladly pay a couple of thousand dollars extra for quality plumbing, real wood, nice carpets and flooring and a porcelain sink (and throne). And I bet I’m not the only one.
Your take on this post is interesting. Quality and craftsmanship were not points of concern. A symbol of achievement was. But that’s OK. For the record, I agree with your point.
Porcelain sink & toilet… I love them both-LOL!
Are you retiring from the gate?
We are not retiring. Go back first week in Sept. Just took some time off. Is your birthday 8/8? My wife’s is 8/8. Meant to ask you that on FB.
On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM, Texas Heat wrote: