From what I hear, probably the most difficult adjustment at this stage in life comes when our car keys or driver’s license are taken away. (I’m pretty sure that very few of us voluntarily relinquish this all-important element of our independent living!) The giving up of a car may arise from a near or actual crisis, and it likely precipitates others that seem far worse.
I write this entry because I know the day is coming for me, as surely as the day I’ll use a walker to get around. As I think about that likelihood, it occurs to me that I might be able to adjust to its arrival by preparing now for this change in my lifestyle later. Some thoughts:
• Occasionally I can take public transportation, call a taxi or take advantage of existing senior transportation services in my locale.
• It makes sense to get used to walking, and not just for exercise.
• What would it take for me to investigate already-existing delivery services?
• I might start inviting selected folks for coffee, meals or small parties.
• I probably know some folks older than me who have made this adjustment well.
• Keeping myself physically and mentally fit may delay the time when I won’t be able to drive a car.
• What kinds of car-sharing arrangements could I make now?
• There are probably some stay-at-home joys and experiences that I can strengthen.
• If I choose to relinquish the car—instead of having it taken away—to whom might I give my present automobile as a precious resource?
• I might discuss this matter with my loved ones, deciding now what events or difficulties will start the process of voluntarily giving up the luxury of a car.
However you think about this matter, be sure of this fact: The day is coming!