If there are two things that we have to do more of these days, it is to help keep the environment clean and to decrease our own stress levels. When relocating to a new area, be as concerned about the availability of accessible public transportation as you are about how good the schools are and what the crime rate is in the area. If you always drive everywhere, you should try using the system, you may just discover that not only are you helping to keep the air cleaner, you are less stressed on your way to and from all the areas you must travel to everyday.
Surprisingly, life actually gets a little easier. Now instead of sitting in those traffic jams in the morning, drumming on the steering wheel in frustration, you could actually be doing something constructive. Perhaps your time would be better spent going over those last minute notes for the big presentation you are doing, or maybe writing out your weekly grocery list. How about just reading that soap opera digest you have been dying to find time to do? Sometimes it’s nice to leave the driving to those who do it for a living. There are valuable things you can be doing with all that extra time. You will be amazed to discover how much you can get done while on your way to or from work with two free hands and no tension.
Hey, you could really learn to love it. And what about the kids? Teach them to use the public transportation system to have accessibility to get to the millions of places they depend on you to drive them all the time. It will help them gain independence and responsibility. They can be proud they are doing their part to keep our air as clean as possible. You will benefit there too by having yet more free time to yourself. What more could a mom want? Saving money is a giant perk too. Imagine all the extra money you would save on gas. There are plenty of reasons to get out from behind the wheel and distress. Life doesn't have to be so hard. It's a win- win situation for everyone involved when you take advantage of programs that are in place to make the world a better place.
Everyone needs to do their part in going green. It requires little effort on your part to really make a difference. Your children will benefit more from what they see you doing more so than by what you say. You are a role model to your kids and actions speak louder than words. So teach your children well. They will follow suit and have great skills to teach their children well some day. Little things make a big difference. If you are in the process of moving to a new city, make sure there is a variety of public transportation close to you and use it. You'll be glad you did. You will wonder why you didn't do it sooner.