Still Adjusting1:25 PM
Our lives as a biking family are still just beginning. Due to rain and very cold temps, this past week and a half, getting out has been tough. I am not upset that we don't have a car anymore, but I didn't realize that the second week would be when I really felt the change of not having it. Plus, it's cold! That just makes it a little bit more difficult to get out. Even the boys have been all bundled up outside and can only play for a few minutes until they are running back inside.
This change has also shown me how much I was addicted to the car and to just going and doing something in general. I would go to the grocery store just because I could, not because I needed to. Now I plan trips to the store and actually make a list. We all used to go food shopping, but now just one of us goes to the store.
We are doing less but gaining so much more. More time to focus on learning, and less stress about having to find something to do, or somewhere to be. Less time worrying about all the things we have to get done, so we can get here and there. More time realizing how the winter keeps us in, so that we can enjoy slowing down and just being.
I know there is so much out there about what you can accomplish on a bike, especially with cargo bikes. Brian loves to see how far and what tasks he can accomplish via bike. Don't get me wrong, I do too. Yet, being car free and using bikes as your main form of transport also has a lot to do with slowing down. To realizing that you don't need to do everything all at once, or just because you can. Being car free doesn't mean we have to keep up with cars to live in the world. Being car free means we are changing how fast we really need to go to be a part of it.
Below we are taking full advantage of last weeks slight rise in temperature by taking a family ride. My mother in law had stopped by to visit and snapped some photos of us getting ready for our ride. If it wasn't for her I would never be in any photos. I am so glad she took these.