I don’t like having a car. If I could, I would love to live somewhere where I could depend solely on public transit and walk to places nearby.
At the moment, that is not our situation. We did make a leap this year and went down to just one vehicle, which is also a hybrid. It was a move in the direction that felt liberating. We basically cut our car troubles in half. Now it’s just one vehicle to get serviced, one car to fill with gas, and only one car to clean. The mantra of less is more definitely applies in this scenario.
I’m currently getting the car serviced and it’s a reminder to me of how much time I’ve probably spent over the years getting my vehicle worked on. It’s crazy because it probably adds up to more time I’ve ever spent at medical visits on myself. Why am I spending more time and attention on a possession rather than myself? Makes you think, huh. It just doesn’t feel like the best use of time. I know some people love their cars. I have no attachment to mine. I see it as a tool and, more recently, a tool I question owning. I am beginning to see the downside to owning a personal vehicle. Not just the financial or maintenance frustration, but I am really thinking about how it affects our communities, environment, and safety of ourselves or others.
In Texas, driving and vehicles are a part of the culture here. I catch myself dropping my mouth at the high amount of gas-guzzling trucks we’ve come across during our trip this summer. It’s almost comical to see. I’d love to live somewhere where we don’t need our car. Until then, I’m content with a low emission hybrid at that. It’s not great, but it’s a move in the right direction.