Things change when you don’t have a car. You have to be more patient. You have to understand that you need to leave the house earlier than you used to. You have to allow more time to get places – and to get home. In short, you have to slow your life down.
It would be easy to decide that we weren’t willing to embrace this slower paced lifestyle. We could take out a loan and fix the car (although maybe not – the cost of the repairs will likely be roughly twice what we’re paying for the car). But instead, we decided that we do want to live life a little slower. We don’t want “Simplicity Breeds Happiness” to be just a catchphrase in our family; we want it to be something we truly put into practice in our everyday lives.
In order to make that a reality, we’ve decided to invest in quality bicycles instead of repairing our car. We’re looking into a good wagon, too, so that we can get groceries on foot (right now, we’re limited to one grocery bag at a time, which we put on the top of the stroller). And you know what? We’ve all decided that we really like this more relaxed lifestyle. There are times when it would be easier . . . quicker . . . less tiring to just hop in the car and drive the 0.8 miles to the grocery store. Or the 3.5 miles to the library. But it’s not necessary. We take the time to get there on our own steam. And it feels good.
So, short but sweet today. I hope, even in these few words, that I’ve inspired you to slow down a little bit, too. Enjoy your family. Enjoy the nice summer weather. Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment you get when you power yourself somewhere!
Before I wrap up, two non-related things I want to mention. First, this is going to be a heavy review week. If you don’t like reading those, I apologize. But I hope you’ll read them anyway; I’ve got some neat products to share with you this week.
Second, if you have access to Parade magazine, get a copy and read it this week. It’s about “The Best Main Streets in America,” and our personal favorite Main Street won second place! It’s not in the town we currently live in, but it’s where we want to move to. If you can’t get a copy of the magazine (usually found in the Sunday newspaper), here’s a link to the article about America’s Best Main Streets. Happy reading!