I have been waiting for the straw to brake (wait for the pun) the camel's back. Ever since the right front tire was slashed, a new battery was needed, and the hood was dented from someone's trampoline experiment, I've been contemplating ways to leave the common stress of owning a vehicle behind. On Wednesday, I took my car in to get some axle work done, and realized that the final straw has been placed on the camel's back. I learned that my beloved Panther of a car, needs, over time, about $2800 worth of work on her brakes, tires and muffler.
Needless to say, I have made the decision to simplify. Starting today, I will go car(e)free for the next week, using my feet, public transportation (PT) and my trusty bike to get me around. This will be the ultimate test to see if I can really do without my own vehicle. Being that I'm a fair-weather rider, thankfully I live in a wonderful part of Seattle, where PT is readily available to carry me from studio to client meeting and back home each day.
I've been anticipating and wanting an excuse to be less lazy (with regards to relying on my car) and be more organized. My schedule will need to be more mindful and less hectic when getting from place to place. It will also allow for me to connect to this sensational city in new ways. I love riding the bus during non-commuting hours, offering smiles and eye contact to individuals I would have never come into contact with otherwise.
All of this excites me! I'm already looking forward to saving money, becoming more active, and ultimately saying goodbye to a car that has been in my family for about 10 years. Thanks Dad!! Practicing non-attachment at it's finest! I'm also curious about how this change will spawn new changes of simplicity in my life. What else do I rely on that I don't really need or want?!
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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