Yesterday I went on an adventure. It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, and I was alone in the house. My wife and 2 young kids were off visiting relatives, and they had the car with them. So I had free time, but no car.
A plan was hatched: I’d take the bus to the local mall, and watch the movie Inception at the theater there. I don’t get to see movies much anymore (I believe I mentioned the 2 young kids…), so this was going to be a treat.
The point of this wasn’t to see a movie, though. After all, I could just rent a movie at home if that’s all I wanted. And there was a chance I’d screw up the trip and end up missing the movie entirely.
No, the point was to have an adventure. A public transit adventure. I’d be figuring out how to get around Philadelphia on a bus — something I’d never tried before. If I ended up missing the movie, or not enjoying it, I’d at least have a good story to tell. As luck would have it, I got to the theater on time, enjoyed the movie, and had an adventure to boot.
So, create an adventure for yourself. It’s fun. It’s memorable. And you don’t even need a car.
For more on living without a car, you might want to check out Tammy Strobel’s ebook, Simply Car-free. I haven’t read this book myself (yet), but I am a regular reader of her blog and I like her writing.
(photo by Karen Blumberg)