My buddy Billy is baffled at my choice
of cars. We both live in
burst of thirty two inches of snow isn’t unheard of, and quite a few people
drive one normal car and another “winter beater.” A “beater” is a car that is typically older
and rather beaten up. If you lose
control of your beater and it slides into a ditch and into a pole, you would
seriously consider just abandoning it there along the side of the road, that’s
what “normal” people drive in the winter time here in
Not me. My newer car is a bright
yellow SUV with four-wheel drive, aggressive tires, a light rack on the roof,
and a license plate that reads, “SHORTBUS.”
It’s very comfortable, has a great heater, and works as the
quintessential winter vehicle. My other
car is an eighteen year old convertible that still handles like a slot-car and
is a blast to drive. It may never die. This is my summer car.
Billy has a similar vehicle to mine for
the winter, but in the summer he drives a small 80cc scooter. “Why maintain two cars?” he asks me. “Why buy all that gas?” he wants to
know. Here’s the curious thing. If you watch Billy most days that he arrives
on his scooter, he’s stressed to the breaking point for two hours after he gets
off of that thing. Who knows, maybe he
was nearly killed by a semi-truck and trailer or maybe it rained on him again,
but when he takes his helmet and coat off, he looks like a wild-eyed man who
finally removed his finger from a light socket.
He doesn’t cool down and stop sweating until he’s had his coffee and
settled down. I won’t talk to him until
well past 10am.
What’s my point? Whether we travel 1 mile, or 1,200 miles, traveling
to work is part of a bigger journey. We
all do it; we have to, so why not enjoy it?
If you treat whatever vehicle you use to get to work (plane, train, or
automobile), as a “means to an end” or as a simple pre-day necessity, then
you’re missing out on a rather enjoyable part of your day or week. I say, “Treat the trip as part of the
whole.” Add it to your list of daily
goals; look for ways to make it better, cheaper, easier, more effective,
etc. Make it something to look forward
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