Some people realize their dreams early on in life. They live happily and contently having no regrets and thus, no need to make any drastic changes to their lifestyles.
On the other hand, there are those who, for one reason or the other, don’t get to live out their dreams. An example of such a person is Rodger Howell, a veteran from the Vietnam War, who always wanted to have a horse farm. But when he was diagnosed with multiple medical issues, and was told he had only five weeks left to live if things kept going on the same way, he took a horse wagon trip that changed his life.
A Brief Introduction
Howell was born in Michigan but lived most of his life in Tennessee. He joined the Army at the age of 17, after which he was a police officer for 17 years. During this time, he was a regular dad, trying to provide for his family. According to Howell, he lost respect for mankind after working as an Army officer and then being part of the Police. He saw things that were so bad that he started to dislike other human beings.
Just like it affected many other things about his life, this horse wagon trip changed his opinion of people as well.
The Start of a Journey
Howell started running into multiple medical issues that were caused by exposure to agent orange while he was in Vietnam. After having a heart attack and then kidney surgery, he was told he had five weeks to live. That is when he decided, in 2013, to buy two horses and a covered wagon, and take his dog along with him for a wagon trip. His first stop was back in his hometown of Michigan, after which he continued his journey all over the country.
Learning New Things about Life
At the age of 64, Howell has now realized that the number of good people in the world surpass those that are bad. He has seen a lot of places, met a lot of people, and made friends during the two and a half years of his travels.
While spending a month at a farm, he stayed with a couple who let him park his wagon on their property. The husband had Alzheimer’s disease, and the wife cared for him. Howell tried his best to help out around the house, and that is when he realized that it is our interactions with each other that matter more than anything. Human beings are not meant to live alone, and that is why it is crucial to connect with others.
Howell has really shown the world that it is never too late to learn new things. His outlook on life has changed completely, thanks to this horse wagon trip. It has been much more than five weeks since he was diagnosed, and he is still going strong. Howell’s next objective is to visit his cousins in Ohio, and then go see his great aunt in Arkansas.