A couple of days ago, We went tubing on the Battenkill River. You never know, here in the northeast, how many hot days there will be, so when the forecast says 90 degrees and sunny, if we can, we go tubing. Half way through the trip, one of our friend’s tube sprung a leak. We doubled up and made it to the end and as we were getting out of the water, I said, “Oh, it is going to be hot over the next week and you guys will be out a tube.” Our friend’s wife said something like, “He will be on-line tonight ordering a new one and it will be here in a day. He always has important things delivered overnight.”
I was impressed. I almost always go for the “super-saver shipping”, which is free and can take a couple of weeks to arrive. With some things, that I really don’t need, I am ok with that. But the idea that I could miss the window of opportunity for an entire season of tubing to save $20 is not acceptable anymore to me. I didn’t used to be so concerned about money. Getting a river tube overnight would have been a “need” when I was younger. I am tired of saying that life was easier back then. I want to take full-advantage of every moment of life. I do not know what tomorrow will bring and I won’t be worrying about it if I am living well now.
“We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don’t think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you’re hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time“. ~Art Buchwald