We bought a car.
I’ll write more about it later, the why behind it, but right now I’m thinking about what a win it was for our family to live without a car for almost three years.
I could go on and on about the health benefits and financial benefits of not owning a car. About how it simplified our life in so many ways.
But the biggest thing letting go of the car gave us, the piece that has kept paying itself forward in the years since we sold our 1998 Nissan sedan and rented out our parking space, was the way it made us challenge assumptions about what we really need in our life.
Living without a car gave us new eyes.
When people said it was a mistake before/after we sold the car, when we wondered if we could manage the winter, Sunday family swims at the pool a ways out of town, lunch engagements several villages away, getting a newborn safely home from the hospital, answering all of those questions, finding solutions to the small and big challenges of not owning a car, all of it gave us more resolve to be even more creative and discerning with the how and what of the other things we gave our time, money and space too.
Some highlights from our car free days that are detailed here on the blog:
You might be interested to know we didn’t buy a car because we had a second child. That wasn’t a factor.
In fact, we could have continued on just fine with our current transport set-up for at least another year and half before our oldest son starts school. Even then, depending on the school he went to we could have decided to get by without a car.
I write that because so many new parents are told they need so many things for their children, one of them being a car. It’s just not true.
You can have kids and not have a car.
We just did it for several years and at the end of what started as an experiment and turned into a lifestyle choice, I am here to tell you that my kids made all of their medical appointments, picnicked in far away parks, saw a lot of our little island and we were late just as often as people with cars are.
It’s just that sometimes we showed up a little sweatier. Or wetter.
More to come on the reasons for our big change and our rather unconventional auto choice.
Photo Source: Tobyotter