Why I don't own a car...


So why not? Quite frankly the answer is, not that it is anyone's business, but I simply don't want one. In the last number of years I've gradually engineered my life to becoming more of a minimalist. I don't own a home, I don't own a car and really no other major recurring expenses, my life is extremely simple and that's how I want it. Owning less "stuff" gives me the freedom to do what I want when I want without having to worry about distractions. I am downsizing my life and getting rid of things that no longer serve the best interest of me and as a entrepreneur I think of it this way. Anything that causes money to flow out of your pocket is a liability and anything that causes money to flow into your pocket is an asset. You definitely want more assets than liabilities if your goal is to hang on to your wealth. A vehicle is one of the biggest liabilities most people will ever have. Owning a car for me personally is just too much of a hassle and expense that I'd just as soon extricate from my life. The reality is that in today's time there are so many things that really could be cut out of our lives because they're so easily replaceable.


Societal Expectations


In America if you don't own a vehicle you're looked down on as mentally ill by the vast majority of the people out there. I get it, it's what's considered the norm and what is expected of you because we all have to fit in right? The real reality though is that in today's age people don't like being forced out of their comfort zones, to do things that are considered tough or that require too much effort. As a single guy I am completely content with walking but just because I don't have a car doesn't mean I can't get to where I need to be. "You don't have a car? Well how do you get anywhere?" You're not to good at this thinking stuff are you, the first thought that pops into my mind when I laugh at such a ridiculous question lol. It's not like cabs just fell off the face of the earth here people or that I can't call Uber or just take the bus. If there's somewhere I need to be I can get there without issue. I walk because I want to have a long life, choose to not be lazy and actually look after my self. Over the many years of doing it I seriously believe that considering the number of miles I've pumped out on these feet on top of being exposed to all types of weather it has benefited me immensely and I'm healthier because of it. I can't tell you how many years it's been since I've been seriously ill, not even a cold. It really does pay to be active.


There are so many hoops required just to keep a vehicle in working order and on the road. I consider all the time that I would have to spend dealing with the Insurance company, new tires, oil changes, car payment, tags, filling up from week to week, having to deal with parking and the stress of if I am going to get pulled over by a cop over a burned out brake light bulb. What do I do with the car if I'm outside the country for an extended period of time just let it sit there? How do I explain to the insurance company when thieves break in or destroy it? Where can I park that doesn't involve fees if I'm out of town? The reality is who knows when that car might breakdown or get a flat or when you'll be involved in a major accident. As long as I'm careful, pay attention to the traffic lights and watching the other drivers I should be perfectly fine walking where I need to go.


It is a romantic thing to cherish a life without our stuff owning us.


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