Living in Atlanta requires a car if you live the way I do. I am always on the go. I run a
business, I play tennis and golf, I go visit my brother and his family and friends on the farm, I visit friends OP (outside the perimeter). GO, GO, GO is my life. Much of what I do requires owning a car and all that comes with it.
Decades ago, like many people, I became acutely aware of the issues of transportation and sprawl in Atlanta. Because of this, and a few other reasons, in the late 80’s, I consciously chose to live in Midtown where I also work and play. Piedmont Park is my backyard and yes, you can come play in my backyard anytime!
In the last few years, like many of you, I have become more and more conscious of the effects my life style has on the environment. I made some professional changes and I also made some personal changes. This blog is about the personal changes I have made and now, I am taking it to the next level. What lies ahead excites and scares me.
A couple of years ago, I decided that it would be a good thing to give up my car for one day a week. That migrated to going days without getting in my car during the week without really even consciously making that decision. That part of this journey, going without a car during the week, is not as scary. I have adjustments to make, I know. But, I understand mass transit, I know how to use a car share service, call a cab, use UBER, and how to rent a car when I need it. I am not shy so asking for carpooling to meetings will not be an issue. It’s the weekends that may be challenging. But who knows where the challenges will lie? I know I will have to make changes in my workday that will require a lot of discipline. I hope that I have that ability.
So, I am giving it a try. I am Going AWOC – Atlanta WithOut a Car.
Change is good, right? The noun, that is. It’s the verb that has me a bit uneasy! But, change keeps us alive and vibrant. Remind me of this if I start thinking I can’t, will you?