One of my favorite writers https://earthwalkingworld.wordpress.com/2019/11/16/let-the-looting-begin/ began his post today talking about the freedom we achieve when we are first able to drive. I would like to talk about the opposite problem
As we grow older our ability to drive can decline. Whether it is due to vision, slowed reaction time or mental losses we may have to stop driving. In many European countries this is not such an issue since public transportation can take someone anywhere. Those who live in city centers can walk many places and if they are able to do that don’t lost that freedom.
For most of us who live in the US driving is our key to mobility and therefore our independence. The hardest thing to convince us as we age is that we can no longer drive. For those who have enough money to Uber everywhere it may not be a problem but the majority can’t do that.
For those who live alone losing the ability to drive can cause isolation which leads to depression and going downhill. I wish there were a simple solution but there really isn’t one. As the age of our population increases the problem will become more acute.
Creating a volunteer group of drivers who would be willing to help people run their errands and be with friends would be a good solution. I wonder if anyone has done this if so I haven’t heard of it. I hope someone does it in the future.
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Excellent post ! It is so true, and this is a nation of singular freedom. We need a much better mass transit system. And we need more assistance for seniors.
Sounds like a great idea for a ministry to me. I did on one occasion think that it would be a great entrepreneurial undertaking to do errands for sick people – flu season would be the busiest. – “Got the flu? Got lots to do? Let us do your errands for you!” (Of course, I thought it would be a great idea for someone ELSE to do, as I was way too busy with my kids and job and other volunteer activities – Also, I was more often the sick one needing help. ;/ )
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So true! We come up with ideas and want someone else to do it!
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