Partly in an effort to be a little “greener”, partly to save money, we recently sold my car. Mostly it sat in the garage, or sat in the parking lot while I was working. Four days a week it zipped me down the road to work which took all of 5 minutes. That seemed like an unacceptable park-to-drive ratio, so we sold it. Now I bus it, carpool (read: get picked up curbside by my co-worker, thanks Steph!) or walk. I started walking a month ago, on a beautiful Minnesota spring day (a rarety for all you non-Minnesotans). Soon I was walking every chance I got, savoring the 40 minutes alone and the workout. Just last week we pulled out my mountain bike, dusted her off and I took her for a test ride. I forgot how fun it is to ride! I rode it for the first time on Tuesday. Fun, fun, fun! And good for me too, not to mention the environment.
I really do worry about the state of the planet, a worry likely to spin off into free floating anxiety if I am not careful. I try to focus on the things I can reasonably do to tread lightly, and not chastise myself for all my habits that are poor environmental decisions. Any small change I make now is a positive change. Thus the bike ride to work. Doubly good.