When I started this series on living more simply, I did not have a master plan. All I knew was I wanted something to shift within me so that I could be more free to help others, to live with less stress and debt, and to connect more with God or that which is sacred in my life.
But I want to warn you, once you start on a journey of reflecting on living more simply, it can take you on some interesting trips. When we begin to question what we need rather than what we want, and how we can take what we have and share with others, look out.
So today I want to share something that seems like an impossible dream for me. And maybe for you too.
I dream of the day when I can live car-lessly.
There, I said it. Go ahead and laugh. Even I am grinning as I type these words. It is hilarious, ridiculous, and a crazy dream. Oh let me count the reasons why living without a car is crazy for me:
- We presently live in a beautiful home on the lake in the country one hour from my work.
- The grocery store, our church, and many of our friends are 35-60 minutes away.
- We put 50,000 miles on our new car the first year we had it.
- The city I work in does not have a public transportation (well, ok, a few buses).
- And the 25 additional reasons I could give you of why it is crazy for me not to own a car.
But think of the money and time and energy we could save if we could live without owning a car? Or at least fewer cars. This will not happen quickly for me. It may take five or ten years. Maybe not.
No car insurance, car payments, gasoline, taxes, etc. Save maybe $6,000-$8,000 per year? Think of the people we could help, and the places we could go, if we had that money back. Riding a bicycle, walking, and other creative transportation solutions to owning a car sounds freeing to me. It will require us to think differently, for sure.
All I’m saying is I want to be the one to take my own car away from me, before someone else has to do it for me in 20-30 years.
I have been inspired by Tammy Strobel’s new e-book called Simply Car-Free and her blog called Rowdy Kittens; minimalist Everett Bogue’s blog — Far Beyond the Stars; and a family of four’s blog called Becoming a Minimalist. I am finding kindred spirits among many minimalists on the web.
This minister is not ready to be a minimalist, or to live without my car, yet.
But I am ready to start thinking outside the box and living more simply. How about you?