Please! That car is not who I am

2010-05-01 10:47

I was the first woman to own a car in my entire family.

This was

only a few years ago, so it was with ease that I slipped into public transport

recently after taking my car in for repairs.

Little did I know that this

decision would open me up to harsh public scrutiny.

It started with the petrol attendant at the garage near my house.

He usually rushes to the pump whenever he sees my car approaching because he

knows that a few coins will be thrust into his palm. This time we met in a taxi

and all I got was a questioning look, and not a word.

The following day I walked

in the rain to the shop at the same garage. Again he gave me a funny stare.


as I walked out of the shop he allowed himself to come up to me and ask about

the whereabouts of my car.

You should have seen how his face lit up upon

learning that I would be mobile again in a day or two.

But he is not the only one.

A few friends considered me in a

different light upon realising that I was taking a taxi to work.

 Their reactions

ranged from sympathy to utter shock.

“You in a taxi? How could you!” Clearly I

had sped from hero to zero overnight.

Sadly, our society has become very materialistic.

One’s identity is

wrapped around the car one drives, where one stays, how one dresses and so on.

But imagine how happy we would be – at least I would be – if we didn’t live

according to other people’s standards.

I would start by using my car only in

pressing situations.

Let’s face it: public transport is cheaper.

Granted, some

of the taxis on our roads should be in the dump, but others are decent.

And with

the bus rapid transit system taking off, things will surely improve.

Besides, being a passenger has its joys.

Apart from saving money,

there’s the chance for social interaction, learning what the man on the street

is thinking about the world out there.

It is also easier to meet and engage

members of the opposite sex, and ladies you know how hard that can be once

you’ve been spotted driving in that big car of yours.

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