What makes life worth living? For Page and Larry the answer was simple: Go and see the world.
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The mind of Page's dad was clouded by dementia before he died. Then her mom started to show signs of Alzheimer's disease. Worried that the same fate might be in store for her, her parents became a moment of reckoning for Page.
"I think that just really pushed me into saying, okay, we don't need that much money to go, we can just go now and think about it later."
"None of us knows how much time we've got. And so we keep postponing, trusting that there's alway another day or another year until there isn't."
Her mind already blurring, Page's mom finally returns to Switzerland, the country where she was born. "All she had at the very end were her memories of running across meadows in the Alps as a little girl."
Larry started working for a utility company in Oregon when he was barely sixteen. Suddenly without a purpose in life when they retired, many of his former co-workers died less than two years after they stopped working. "You have no idea what's going to come along. If I have until 40, 50 or 90," says Larry. "I wanted to enjoy life especially after I met Page."
Page and Larry agreed that they wouldn't let money—or the lack thereof—hold them back. Instead of waiting for that perfect moment, they got to work.
The couple planned and prepared, scrimped and saved so they could be free to travel the world. "We didn't care what other people thought when we drove a car that was three different colors because it came from the wrecking yard, that was fine with us."
Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Europe, Tanzania, Panama... the list goes on and on. "It's just so much more important to experience things than to buy things."
Now, that they are grandparents, Page and Larry try to stay closer to home. "You miss so much when you're younger because you're just trying to work," says Larry. "So I try not to miss anything with our grandkids."
Growing up, Page never expected a life filled with adventures in the far reaches of the world. "I've got so much in my little brain that I feed off of all the time. I can just think back about climbing Kilimanjaro or running across the Serengeti or trekking in the Amazon and all those other things. They are all things that I did!"
"That, to me, is just like, oh, you just can't wait to see what's coming kid!"
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