The Gift of TimeFebruary 1st, 2011
Okay, I’ll stop leading you on now. I was able to give myself 3 extra hours a week simply by taking the bus everyday. It’s so nice to just sit back and let someone else drive you around! Think of it as sharing a chauffeur with a city block. :)
My daily commute is only about 3 miles so I normally ride my bike. Lately it’s been way too cold and icy though, so rather than driving, I started taking advantage of the bus system. It takes a bit of planning to make it work. For example, by car it would take me 6 or 7 minutes depending on traffic. By bus it takes 20 minutes. So I have to get up just a little earlier and plan ahead a little bit. But man, oh man, is it worth it. I didn’t realize just how much driving was contributing to my stress levels in the past. And by not buying a parking pass, I’ve deliberately saved myself hundreds of dollars on gas, maintenance, and the parking pass itself. And I never have to deal with
Most people despise public transportation, I get it. Sometimes it might be stinky or you run into a weirdo or seven. (Sometimes that makes it interesting!) But consider giving yourself the gift of time and take the bus or train. You’ll also be giving a gift to the planet of one less car’s-worth of carbon emissions. </eco soap box>
As much as I’m looking forward to spring-time weather and hopping back on the bike, I think I’ll miss greeting the bus driver every morning.