Go For The Gusto

I don’t normally tune in to 60 Minutes. But I recall hearing throughout my life, “And I’m Morley Safer” more times than I could count.

This week, I watched 60 Minutes for the first time in a long, long time and enjoyed a segment on Morley Safer. At age 84, he was officially retiring and 60 Minutes was giving him well-deserved praise of his long career. It was a wonderful tribute. Morley has reported on the major historical moments in my life, my parent’s life, and much of my grandparent’s life. An interesting side note, did you know that Mr. Safer never liked to look at the camera directly? He preferred to look off to the side.  His style was so distinctive.

As I watched his incredible career unfold, I felt excited for his future. I wondered what he would do with his life now that his journalism responsibilities were finally behind him.

Just a few short days later, I was shocked to learn of Morley Safer’s passing. Ted tells me that he wasn’t feeling well, which led to his retirement. I know his career was winding down, although he was still a fixture on 60 Minutes.

I am always saddened when I hear that someone died or had a major illness soon after retirement. I think of retirement as a goal that you work your entire life to achieve.  The payoff is the peace and privilege of never having to work again (unless you want to). Retirement is my golden opportunity to fulfill my dreams, passions and travel without the obligation of returning to work.

Morley Safer chose to work deep into his retirement.  Maybe his ultimate goal was to keep working until he couldn’t do it anymore.  For me, his passing is a reminder to live.  Don’t wait for retirement or for the “right” moment to go for the gusto. Life is unpredictable and tomorrow is not promised.  Don’t wait.

Rest in peace, Mr. Safer. And thanks for reminding me what’s important in life.

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4 Comments

  • Reply explorvistas May 20, 2016 at 7:24 am

    So true, Chris.

  • Reply W.H. Miller July 4, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Hi ,, I’m Bill.. Always find your articles most enjoyable as well a interesting though this particular one I am lost in the navigation,, Updating or trading.. For many years I have looked at boating versus Camping and went the boat route.. ` That was many years ago, and a lot has changed in my life since.. That includes my life. Your articles give me a thought about looking at a camper for my self but not with out boating memories.. ` `Comfort and access to getting around are my strongest memory.. And you are fighting that in most articles.. With a boat to dock in a marina one was charged by the foot. After I got away from the expense of boating I heard the length was no longer straight down the center line , but the center of the bow , along the gunnel or outer width to the stern. My Boating days ended when pulling into my home dock I hit a large underwater stump with my Keel and Prop.. I started to sink but with enough help my boat was maneuvered into the hoist and lifted out of the water.. ` `Looking at campers,, looking at your discussion on space makes an easy decision for me if I decide to CU On the road. lol I have no interest at all in a Motor Home just one of the reasons you fight… Just the front end of your camper,, The front bumper, Engine compartment,, Drivers Cabin has to be at least 6′ or better.. Add that to a Trailer home and what would 6 more feet add to your space area?? ` `So now you need a power unit to pull it around, Car,, pick up ?? but then yu would also have a vehicle to go into a town for what ever the reason or even a drive in movie?? An Emergency?? Also in the purchase cost,, with a trailer you are not buying another power unit and operators cabin and I have no idea what that difference would be but can guess at least just under half?? ` `Another question I ask is about insulation… In case my home port is near where I now live and the winter can bring surprisingly cold weather?? Then what,, I at the moment have no idea.. ` Happy Motoring CUOTR Mates… ??

    • Reply Chris Hughes July 5, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Hi Bill!!!!! 🙂
      The decision to buy a Trailer vs. a Motorhome was a big one. For us, we didn’t have something to pull a trailer with. So we would have had to invest in a large pickup truck that didn’t fit in our garage (we checked). That expense would have been considerable, particularly when combined with the cost of a travel trailer. We wanted something that was about 27 feet or so. The cost of the pickup to pull a trailer that is 27 feet can be $40,000 (and up). The cost of the trailer $15-20,000. Our Class C Motorhome cost around $25,000 (used). And it’s pretty easy to drive around when needed. We were thinking about trading it in for something bigger/newer last year and changed our mind after we saw how much you pay for what you actually get. We confirmed that we chose well for us. However, if someone already has a pickup truck, a travel trailer is the way to go for sure.

      • Reply W.H. Miller July 5, 2016 at 9:39 am

        Well Mam,, You sure know your arithmetic.. BUT,, SUVs are just an enclosed pick up so If your engine HP is high enough,, no problem all you need is a Reese #3 hitch,, a plug in for lights and a safe driver… I do not know what you drive back and forth to work but if a decent sized SUV is parked while you motor down the` Road it is getting away with murder… Mam…

    Thoughts?