You know me already, even though you probably don’t realize it. I’m that guy at work who doesn’t really talk to other people. It’s not that I dislike anyone, I just like to get in, do my job and go home. I’m the guy who doesn’t eat in the lunchroom and doesn’t go to happy hour. This system has served me well for years and I’ve had no reason to change it, until recently…when I went to fill my gas tank and it cost me $50. The time had come to make a change and do something I should have done a long time ago…it was time to carpool.
More on becoming an environmentally responsible social butterfly after the jump.
Like many employers, my office encourages ride-sharing. They will even try to help the process along by bringing together people who have expressed an interest in carpooling. My name was on the list of interested parties but I didn’t take any action because it would mean I’d have to be social and actually ask someone to share a ride with me. On the list of dumb reasons for not doing things this ranks up there with the time I didn’t go to the hospital for an appendectomy because Lost was coming on. Nobody ever called me a genius.
In addition to interacting with people, carpooling would mean that pants were no longer only optional in the car and I’d have to stop singing the street signs aloud as I drove to work (am I the only one who does this?). These may be tough changes but these are sacrifices my wallet is willing to make.
Starting this week, I’m officially a carpooler and it’s not bad at all. I’m driving less, polluting less AND saving money. I’m only annoyed with myself for not starting this a long time ago. If you’re thinking of sharing a ride but think it won’t work for you, I encourage you to just give it a try. After all, to quote Rocky IV, “If I can change…you can change. We ALL can change”. Your bank account will thank you.
There’s great info on ride-sharing here.
If anyone has tips or resources for aspiring carpoolers I’d like to hear them.