Post by Nicole
Moving from one place to another is an essential part of life. Sometimes everyday travel takes a long time, sometimes a little – from work to home; back again; to preschool; to the grocery shops; to the doctor.. does it ever stop?!
In the past, daily travel took a long time, every time. People kept a smaller radius of ‘life’, because transport was difficult. Motor powered transport has changed things drastically, and of course contributed to the fast-paced life we are living.
We like slow here, but transport is a really tricky one! We have a few alternatives to choose from, some more accessible than others – legs? bicycle? yacht? horse?!
My husband is the proud owner of a little yacht, and we took a little wind powered trip to work* a few weeks ago. Needless to say – it took a l o n g t i m e… It was beautiful that's for sure. But it took a lot more time and planning than it would have to zip down the freeway.
Equipment checks; water fill-ups; fishing gear; spare clothes; swimmers; towels; food; life jackets.. There was a lot to pack for one days work! (Not to mention a tenor saxophone; music stand and music). But then – the quiet power of the wind in the sails. It sure beats the hum of rubber on bitumen.
Our little commute was a reminder that some forgotten crafts, somewhere along the line, absolutely shift from the category of necessary, to luxury.
Luxuries aside, sans motor travel can contribute a lot of goodness to a normal day. Do you walk the kids to school? Do you bike ride to pick up the groceries? I sure don’t – but I’d like to.
What do you notice, who do you meet, taking these less worn paths?
*He is a musician, and was booked to play at a fishing village pub on the water.