So I awoke with this grand idea, I have been saving myself a great deal of angst because I don't drive. Even though I am in my 40's and learnt to drive in my teens, I never swapped out my learners plastic for the full license. The reasons for not doing so are long (and kind of silly) but I've come to realize it's a great thing on many levels notably STRESS.
Us A&D'ers are of course compelled to reduce stress in our life because yes, it leads right into the jaws of anxiety. Quite frankly being a passenger in my mother's car is enough to give anyone anxiety given the commentary. Still, and you must agree; that every morning when you get to work someone is complaining about the amount of traffic, the traffic conditions (thank you oh so responsible Mr Weather!) how someone cut them off, how they couldn't find a park, the list goes on. Simple. Don't drive!
When I was self-employed I would often (to justify my taxi use to the accountant) weigh up the cost of purchasing (or leasing) a vehicle, insuring it, housing it, maintaining and of course the other little perks like fuel and then potential accidents. I calculated that I could take 2-3 taxis a week and still be ahead of the game. A calculation I use often now when people challenge me on my absence from the steering wheel. On a fiscal level, it makes sense. On the flip side, commuting has its costs also. You don't always have an easy route to your destination, your fellow passengers can be gross (don't let me go there) but the benefits are you can listen to music, read a book and or stare out the window (the latter I highly recommend for the creative brains out there) and arrive at your destination pretty unfazed. For the other ardent greenies out there, the environment cost is negligible and I for one am glad my footprint is low on the carbon emissions scale.
Now let's get down to why driving isn't so great for those of us who are particularly prone to stress. No matter how long your commute, you are operating in a mindset of stress because you guessed it driving is dangerous! You need to be on alert constantly on so many levels let alone engaging your motor skills (no pun intended) to operate your vehicle, you are also on the look out for potential hazards, employing your inner compass for known routes or deciphering your GPS' instructions. That's three 'states' in one action! Hell, I could throw in a bit of jargon about the parts of your brain that are in operation but in layman's terms, that's a shit load of brain power going on!
Naturally, some of us cannot avoid not driving. We need to get to a remote workplace, ferry our children to school or take a trip that we can only afford by car. What to do here? I found this fun link (just click on the images below the image of the driver) that could be useful for you.
As for me, Daytona at the arcade is going to have to suffice for now. That, or until the bank balance tips in the favour of the self-driving Tesla which I long for because weirdly enough for a non-driver I do harbour a big love for cars!
Have you got a tip for stress-less commuting? I'd love to hear it :)
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