We’ve started our no car experiment. We turned in our last car a week ago when the lease ended and made no plans to purchase a replacement. We are going to test out the next 90 days without a car and see if that makes a huge lifestyle difference. Between Lyft, Marta, Walking, Cycling and ZipCar, we hope we won’t notice too much of a difference. This challenge is driven by a desire to live a more minimalist lifestyle and one that has a meaningfully positive impact on the environment.
There are just not enough hours in the day to pursue all my hobbies and side projects. Even when sacrificing sleep, you can only make incremental progress. However, not having a car could in fact free up more time. Less time behind the wheel gives more time to just blog, ideate through projects, and just think. The key is we have to plan ahead the mundane tasks so that we can automate them and not be dependent on a car to get them done.
I started the week up 5 pounds from the previous week. I can attribute this weight gain to two specific reasons. Terrible eating choices and not getting in a rigorous 7 hours of training during the week. On the positive side I ended the week down 6 pounds. I owe that drop to crossing the 125,000 step mark in a week. I know it was not the working out because I took three days off.
I was saddened to learn at the end of last week that a long time friend from school is suffering from mental health issues. America for all of its wealth and resources still cannot find a way to prioritize mental health services. To be fair, our entire healthcare system is not cost efficient or conducive to mental health treatment. In a world where information overload is becoming common and a President who bends reality, we should have more outlets for people to get the kind of help that can keep them as functioning members of society.
Nevertheless, going back to when JFK disbanded the mental health facilities around America, we have created generations of neglected and forgotten souls who need help that they often cannot provide for themselves. The mind is terribly fragile and we can’t dismiss too quickly people as crazy and not worth the investment of tax payer dollars into facilities that serve a public good by helping these people. It’s one of America’s great shames that we look down on psychological issues and treatment.
National Pet Appreciation day took place last week. So, I have to share a picture of our beautiful dog LuLu. Spoiled but deservingly so.