It all starts when one fine day we wake up and realize that our lives have gotten too busy to spend any time on some of our favorite activities e.g. weaving that scarf, reading that book or connecting with a friend.
Some people let this thought go as they don’t have time to find a solution. Others start looking for ways to create time in their already packed schedules. If you are one of them and if you find that 2-3 hours of your day are being spent on the road in commutes every day — these commutes can be driving to and from your work, dropping your kid to school, or some extra activity — then one of the ways, you can create more time for yourself can be to arrange carpools.
Finding a carpool partner would demand some extra time from you. However, once you have found one you realize it was all worth the exercise because it is saving you so much time on a daily basis. Take it slow initially look for a carpool partner only for one commute. e.g. to start with find a carpool partner to your work. You will see that you don’t have to drive every day now. And you can carry on with some of your chosen activities when it’s not your turn to drive. You will also get home early because you are using Carpool Lanes.
Then once the work carpool is set and running smoothly, it’s time for you to find a carpool partner to school. You should ask school if the school is using any online carpool service. Most of the time if the schools have an Environment department then it’s very likely that they will be using a carpooling service. You can just join in and find a carpool partner. Think about the benefits of carpooling to school. You get that extra hour in the morning. You can take that office conference call that you could never take earlier because you always had to go drop your kid at that time. You can go for a morning coffee with another friend who is free now because he or she found a carpool partner too. Kids benefit because of ridesharing — they get to meet other kids coming from different cultural backgrounds. In a way it reduces bullying because in a carpool a 2nd grader can be carpooling with a 5th grader and now they became good friends. Kids socializing skills become better.
Once you have set up school carpool for your kids, you can set up carpools for kids extra activities. Now think how much extra time you have created in a day just because of little extra work.
So treat yourself with this rare gift of extra time to spend it on your favorite activity. By taking these small steps you will realize that you are living a more satisfying life.
Your satisfying life also made earth a little happier because now it can remain a little bit more green.
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