Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about authenticity. You know, living a life that reflects who you really are. What you believe. Your values. Practicing what you preach…
One of the things I believe is that we should consume as little as possible. And tread lightly on the earth. I also believe that it’s good to move one’s body as much as possible in the course of everyday life. Further, I am increasingly unwilling to give my money to Big Business.
All of this adds up to one obvious lifestyle choice: biking and walking instead of driving.
Biking to Work
A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about Pretending Not to Have a Car. It was easy to pretend not to have a car when I worked from home.
Now I work down the road, about two miles from my house. It’s an easy and safe ride, except for the very last part, which is very much uphill. So I often take my car. Because I get sweaty. My makeup drips off my face. And it’s faster (but not by many minutes).
Not. Good. Excuses.
This Is How I’ll Do It
I’m making a new commitment to my authentic self and the planet by putting my car in the garage for as long as possible. It’s a one-car garage, and we have two cars, so it’s no easy feat to get the car out when we’re both home. This is a good thing.
I’ll bring a towel to work. And maybe a dry shirt. Any why do I feel like I need to wear makeup anyway? It’s all part of a ridiculous societal norm that says that we all need to look perfect and polished. All the time.
I’m over it (as my 16-year-old says about 10 times a day).
What’s Your Car?
We all have things we do that don’t exactly fit with our authentic selves. Perhaps we spend more time at work than we want. Or eat a lot of processed food.
It can even be something we’re not doing. Such as being a creative and not creating. Or a lover of music and not singing.
Whatever it is, it tears at our soul and prevents us from being fully whole.
So put your car in the garage. (Or dust off your bike and bring it out into the sunshine.)