Monday, April 02, 2012

C is for Car-less

I grew up in Minnesota, in a small town where once you turned 16, you had about a 95% chance of getting a car. (I made that stat up.) You either bought it yourself, your parents helped you, or your parents just bought it for you. My high school had a huge parking lot full of cars (for a school of about 1,000 students between the ages of 14-18).



A lot of my friends had cars. I didn't get a car until my senior year when I was 17 and my sister started going to the same school as me. It just made sense for us to carpool together then. My first car was a junky Ford Taurus given to me by my grandfather. I loved that car, and brought it with me when I started college the next year.


Photo taken of the odometer in my Taurus when it hit 188,888 miles


When we moved to Minneapolis, I gave my beloved Taurus to my younger sister to drive at college. So I was car-less from spring 2008 - fall 2010. But it wasn't bad since I was living in a city where the bus system is quite good. In Minneapolis, for the first time in my life, I met people of driving age who DIDN'T have their driver's license. It blew my mind. They told me, "I've never had to learn to drive" or "I never needed a car"!

In November of 2010 I bought my mom's old PT Cruiser. She loved that car. But she was upgrading to a newer one, so I bought her old one. I drove it and I loved it!



We drove it out East when we moved here, but after settling in, I realized I didn't really need a car. (Working from home and all!) So I decided to sell it.



I really liked that car, and I felt kind of bad selling it since I knew my mom had loved it, too. But going car-less was freeing! I don't regret selling it; it was a huge (literally) weight off my shoulders, I save money, and I'm learning more & more to live with what I need and nothing extra. It's all those extras that really get you. It's so easy to accumulate things (including cars), and sometimes, just setting your emotional attachment aside (or telling your emotions to shut the hell up) and just relieving yourself of something you don't need feels amazing.

5 comments:

  1. Interesting post about Minnesota (oh yeah!) and cars (meh). Love Minnesota, don't care much about cars as long as mine works I'm fine with it.

    Nice to meet you, and welcome to the Challenge!

    KarenG
    A to Z Challenge Host

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  2. I named my first car "MyCar". I miss her to this day. Great post. Good luck with the Challenge!

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  3. Hi! I love coming across Minnesotans on the challenge! I moved away & returned (not sure why other than the cheese curds). Your post is inspiring....as I tend to be a bit of a hoarder!

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  4. Very interesting. :) I've got one car- and licenseless friend...but this area of New Jersey is definitely one in which most people have and need cars, and most high school seniors are excited to get their licenses and first ones. I got my first car, a 2002 black Dodge Neon, near the end of my senior year of high school. Now it's my brother's. I loved the car, and named it as I do all my vehicles and things...but I was never terribly enthusiastic over it, because it was more the practical uses and abilities with which it provided me that mattered. Nothing against the car itself. At the beginning of last year, I got my current, dearly beloved 2011 metallic lime squeeze Ford Fiesta (I love things that stand out, lol. I prefer boldly colored, uniquely shaped vehicles...classic ones are awesome.) Anyways, I could imagine using only public transportation or "self-power" (bicycle or walking); all the same, I'm very grateful for my car and motorcycle, as well as the recreational vehicles. :}

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  5. Hi, just stopping by from the A to Z challenge, love your blog, not sure how your follow button works, though... anyway, I'm car-less, too, and to be honest, I hate it. I can never get anywhere... so I go to the park that I can walk to a lot... anyway, happy blogging!

    Flower

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