This week a friend asked me, "Why did you decide to get rid of your car? Was it for ecological or economic reasons?"
Answer: It's not primarily for either of those reasons.
My kids have my car. They need one more than I do.
They have active social lives, I don't.
They want to go places, I don't. I like staying home.
It's not for ecological reasons, but I'm glad not to be buying gas and puffing out exhaust fumes.
It's good for my health. I walk most everywhere I want to go—the grocery store, public library, post office. I'll be back on my bike when winter's over.
It saves time, because I have to decide if I really need to go somewhere, and which one place I can go in a day, rather than driving around doing errands. I save money because I don't go shopping.
There are other financial reasons. I might get another car someday for special trips, but my priority for now and the foreseeable future is to save money. I'm using the income from my second job to pay as I go fixing up my house, which is kind of an investment as long as I'm careful and find creative solutions.
I'm lucky to live near the bus lines, and to have kind friends who give me rides sometimes.
I'm wound up and winning, and hope that some of these suggestions may contribute to your happiness.