My car, my life
We shouldn’t use our cars a much as we do.
Cars produce gas and greatly contribute to the changes in climate that we are all able to observe right now. California is under snow, Siberian bears are waking up from hibernation because it’s hot. Flowers are appearing and birds are nesting everywhere in Europe, I don’t know about you but I am scared.
And still, I use my car way too much. And I love it, we all love it. Why? Because our car is one of the last places where we have privacy.
When driving my car I listen to the music I like, I sing along out loud if I want, or I can turn the radio off and enjoy a quiet moment. I listen to the podcasts I have downloaded. I can even learn a new foreign language. I think about the errands I have to run, the next article I am going to write. I call my friends. I chose my lipstick colour for the day when I am stuck in the traffic every morning. All that time that once was considered lost has been turned into some kind of quality “me”-time.
I think the issue is not our laziness or the fact that public transportation is not as efficient as it should be. I mean, it is for some part. But the problem, to me, is that our way of life has made these private moments so rare that we are not ready to give up what we found while driving our car : a weird modern kind of peace of mind.