A Step Towards Normalcy

As some of you may know, I recently sold my truck and for the first time in 10 years, am automobile free. I’m loving every minute of it. It was a big step for me to make…. a step I had been trying to make for the past year, but never had the guts. I was a little afraid of being outside the norm. I thought that by giving up my automobile, I was stepping outside of what a normal person would do. I’m beginning to realize that I was wrong.

In fact, there are tons of people who don’t own automobiles. Not all of them don’t own vehicles out of their own choice, most of them simply can’t afford a vehicle. It’s dawned on me that this is exactly the same reason I don’t own a vehicle. If I had unlimited amounts of cash, I would definately OWN a vehicle, even if I never used it. So I’m just like everybody else. I don’t own a vehicle because I don’t have the money. In my case, it’s not that I can’t afford a car, it’s that I simpl don’t want to afford a car. I could afford it if I really wanted to, but the benefits simply aren’t worth the costs for someone in my stage of life.

In fact, by selling my truck and being automobile free, I am more normal than I was when I still owned it. What is even more odd than a person who doesn’t own a vehicle, is someone who owns a vehicle but never uses it. Economists estimate that 70% of the costs of vehicle ownership are fixed costs, meaning you pay them regardless of how much or how often you drive. It is truly odd that for an entire year I chose to pay 70% of the costs of vehicle ownership, but didn’t recieve any of the benefits because I left the truck parked the whole time.

I’m glad I can finally join the mainstream by living automobile free.

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