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Re: “Oakland's Post-Car Press Promotes Car-Free Travel

Two years ago my car broke down and I made the decision to donate it, mostly because I was too broke to get it fixed or buy a new one. Life without a car for the first 2-3 months were HELL. I would have crying fits and mental breakdowns. My stress was at an all-time high, but then after the first 3 months, things got easier. I lost 7 lbs. I was more confident, punctual(because I had to plan EVERYTHING and leave early), and self-sufficient. And the best part about not owning a car was that I was forced to stop and smell the roses and really appreciate the little things in life that I would have NEVER seen if I had been in my own bubble of a car, like meeting random strangers at the bus stop and getting to know them, finding free stuff on the streets, interesting people-watching at BART stations, etc etc.

It's not easy to go completely car-less and it is not for the weak, but it's an experience that I'm glad I have had and it has made me a stronger, more courageous person. I'm now saving up for another car, but when I do get one, I plan on also traveling by transit and foot every once in awhile because it can be really fun to enjoy life as it happens.

For any car-owner thinking about giving up their car, try it for a week. It will suck, but you might also find some pleasant surprises.

Posted by vdiddy on 02/10/2011 at 12:20 AM

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