Life is Too Short For Traffic

‘Life is too short for traffic.ā€™ ~Dan Bellack

I stole today’s tagline from this quote that I read today by one my favorite bloggers Leo Babauta at Zen Habits – Lessons from a Car-Free Life

He and his family are completely car-free – yep, they don’t have a car AT ALL.

This week has been a bit of a test for our little family and our new ONE CAR policy….Cold weather and snow….means no bike for me. But…it’s been doable. I have been very fortunate to have many people who are willing to give me a ride!

  1. My hubby took me to Calgary for my conference – he had to go to work a little earlier, but he got some errands done.
  2. Our General Manager was kind enough to give me a ride home from Calgary
  3. My hubby had to work every day this week so far, so he gave me a ride every morning (and the kids too!)
  4. Friends and my hubby were able to give me rides home too

I’m prepared for the weather to walk, but it is nice to get a ride.

When I first started this ONE CAR plan, I felt a little “weird” about asking for a ride. I’ve been taught not to “mooch” from people šŸ˜‰

But then I thought about it from the other perspective – I don’t feel like it’s an inconvenience to give someone a ride; especially if I’m going by there anyway. Why should other people feel any different? I would say something if it was a problem (like “No”) so I hope someone would say that to me. And that’s perfectly OK! I certainly don’t want to be a burden on anyone!

I was almost, ALMOST, convinced on the weekend to get my other car moving. It’s been so cold and it would be WAY easier. For me, for my oldest, for everyone.

But….does easier = better??

No car =

  • the oldest and I getting a ride to get to 8:00 classes – he’s on time and I’m actually a little early for a change
  • having a few minutes in the morning to talk
  • more planning for me which always, ALWAYS helps me!
  • he’ll get homework done at school while waiting for a ride
  • I get to visit with whoever I’m getting a ride with – often it’s an extra chance to talk; which is good for both of us!
  • when the weather is warmer, both of us can walk on our own time and get some exercise or we can walk together
  • not running out to the store/fast food or whatever that I often do because it’s convenient. It’s NOT convenient without a car, thus I plan meals and make do instead of having junk! I plan shopping instead of buying things just for the sake of buying them. A BIG reason for me to stop driving.

Anyway, I have my reasons for not driving anymore and I’m not giving in. Yes, it would be easier to give in. I almost did. But….I am not. I am going to be stubborn on this. This is something that is important to me. I will not compromise that even though it would be “easier” to.

If I’m inconveniencing anyone else, my apologies and please, do tell me. Otherwise, I thank you for your help and support.

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