I’ve oft fantasized what it would be like to not need a car. The idea appeals greatly to me — saving a chunk of the Ozone, saving a lot of money, and overall, living a much simpler life. Oh, also, completely solidfying my “hippy lifestyle” as my engineering friends and colleagues like to call it.
I finally decided to put all of this down on e-paper after reading this article on Yahoo! Finance from The Atlantic: Why Are Young People Ditching Cars for Smartphones?
To be honest, I might be more excited about the assumptions that would have to be true in order for me to not have a car. Not having a car means that I am close enough to work, entertainment, food, and hobbies to commute by bike or a short bus ride. It means I love my community so much that I don’t foresee myself needing to leave it any time soon. In essence, it’s kind of being in a place of nirvana, having all facets of my life under control and completely happy with where I am and where I’m headed.
I know, it seems a bit out there, especially since “it’s just a car”. But there’s no way I would get rid of my car if any one of those things were out of line.
Realistically though, it would be very difficult for me to not have a car. Most obviously, because I’m a rock climber, and I’m averse to hitchhiking and/or relying on friends to take me climbing with them. Engineering companies are not typically located in the heart of a city, where I prefer to live if I can’t be completely in the country. So, while I still wear the shackles of being an electrical engineer, I will need to commute to the office that is usually out in a fringe suburb. Then of course, there’s family implications. I have three living grandparents, my parents, and two sisters, none of which live in the same locale. I try to visit them as often as I can, but not having a car would severely limit those visits….and I’m not sure how many more visits I’ll get to have with my grandparents.
All in all, I am doing everything in my power to achieve that state of “life nirvana”, but I just don’t see it happening any time soon. My commute to work is 20 miles one-way, and public transportation would take two-and-a-half hours. My grandparents are still kicking, and my parents still live on the lake. The nearest outdoor crags are all about an hour away.
But I’m not complaining; I still get to dream. What would your life look like without a car?
Don’t Miss Your Chance
I was stuck in Corporate America for 9 years. I was miserable.
Then I took control.
You can too, and it starts right here.