Soon it will be one year since I’ve had an actual vehicle to get around in. I’ve learned a few things as well as experienced a few things that I thought I would share on the blog today. I mean I don’t know about you, but I need something to talk about other than coronavirus and our horrible unemployment system.
Ok so let’s talk about what I’ve learned in a year without my car.
Last year before I got rid of my car. The main reason I got rid of my car wasn’t that I was going to Mackinac, though there are no cars there, it was because I wanted to live in a van. Dammit, Eamon and Bec. But that’s didn’t work out.
I decided to move to Mackinac which is an island that operates on the simple life. There are no vehicles on the island you get around by bicycle, horse, or taxi – which is really just a horse and carriage. Moving there meant, I didn’t really need a car. So I got rid of it. Which was really kind of bittersweet. That car took me around the whole east coast of the country. It’s safe to say, a lot of memories went with it. But that’s ok. We created new ones.
Ok back to the car. I haven’t had my car or any vehicle for that matter, for an entire year.
Here’s what I’ve learned in a year without my car:
I can get live just fine without a car. I don’t know if it was anxiety or the environment that I was around but I was always scared and anxious about not having a car. Maybe it’s because I lived in it for a short period of time. I don’t know, but it was always some sort of escape for me and I thought it couldn’t live without it. Turns out, I can.
I don’t need a car for day-to-day activities. After being on and only having a bike to get around in, I learned that I can do everything I need to do on a bike. That includes grocery shopping and biking up a two-mile hill.
I save so much money. This is by far the best part about not having a car. I have saved so much money. I no longer have to worry about things like gas and oil or things falling apart plus having to pay insurance. And all of that money just goes right into my savings. Which I’ve got to say is a great feeling.
I move around a lot more. Without a car, I am either forced into walking or riding my bike. This means I have an opportunity to move more than I would just sitting in a car to commute back and forth. This I am grateful for. It gets me out of the house and into the fresh air. Plus a little bit of exercise never hurt anyone.
Cars are bad for the environment. Of course, I already knew this, I just thought I couldn’t live without my car. But I’ve learned that I can and by doing so I am doing my part to help take care of mother nature. Vehicles are gas guzzlers and most people aren’t utilizing them strategically.
There ya have it. It’s all about the simple life for me. Anything I can do to keep things running smoothly without overwhelming myself in the process – that’s what I am all about. Anyone with me?
Also, on another quick note. Today is May 4th so happy birthday to my sweet Kenzie. You’ll forever be in my heart.
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