16 April 2019
Thirteen years I drove to work every day. Until two years ago. When I thought: what on earth am I doing? After that, the car just stood there, so we sold it eventually.
I’m far more aware of my lifestyle than I used to be. I trained as a health consultant and am now studying homeopathy and naturopathic medicine. It’s probably all tied in with getting older; you start thinking more about how you live. At home I go everywhere by bike. I’ve got an allotment, so ready-made meals are taboo in my home. Environmental-awareness is also important where I work. Cars are actively discouraged and the only way to visit our office in Amsterdam is by train. Better for the planet, better for you.
I sit all day, so I’m glad when I can walk to the station. And in Sittard, where I live, I cycle everywhere. The benefits of the train far outweigh the drawbacks: sit back and relax, no need to keep your mind on the road. I can just switch off. Some time ago, I made a big mistake and took the car to work again. That was before we sold it. By the time I reached Beek I was already stuck in a long queue of traffic!
I’ve even won over some colleagues to my way of thinking. They use the train now as well.
Public transportation offers more flexibility and is faster than you might think. Is public transport not suitable for your daily commute? Then consider it for 1 day a week or for your visit to the city, the amusement park or one of the other activities in (South) Limburg.