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Why Do I Have a Car?

12 Jul

When I was fifteen, I used to walk ALL over my town. I never asked for a ride or thought twice about it. I remember the day my parents finally let me walk to a friend’s house by myself and it felt like I was just given this whole new gift of freedom. Honest to god, I think I felt freer the day I was allowed to walk places than the day I got my license. Keep in mind, my mom thought that every other person outside was a potential kidnapper and I was forbidden from walking to school by myself until I was in HIGH SCHOOL. Let’s give that a second to soak in….

So the summer before my freshman year in high school, my three best friends and I walked until we couldn’t feel our feet anymore. And it sounds stupid now, but we were never bored. If we wanted to hang out at a friend’s house or the park, it would take us 20-30 minutes just to walk there. And that was the norm for us. Always outside, always walking. I hadn’t really thought much about those times since friend groups have switched around and we’ve all had cars and licenses for years now. But tonight I was over a friend’s house and after reaching my limit of how much I could listen to them talk about a video game, one of my friends and I decided to walk to get food. The convenience store was right down the street but of course it was closed. So we walked to the next closest one and it was closed. Then we decided to go to the one that I’m pretty sure is run by the same guy 24/7 and it wasn’t until it took us 20 minutes to walk there that I realized the geography of my town is in absolute disarray in my head. Has it really been that long since I’ve walked anywhere in the town? It sort of reiterated the whole laziness battle I’ve been having with myself and I really started to miss the days of walking around my town, barefoot, with my friends in the middle of the night.

I actually wrote a song sort of based on this feeling about a year ago. Here’s the video I put up on YouTube. Not my best stuff but it relates. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6cSj9wOP0o