I miss driving! This past week I went up to Boston for work and had to rent a car once I got there. I haven’t been behind the wheel since last year so I was pretty scared at first. In fact, within the first 5 minutes of driving, I got honked at at 5 times and yelled at once. Whateva. Boston is probably not the best place to drive after not driving for a while because of its reputation of crazy drivers and streets, but after Day 1, I think I did well… i.e. I did not hit anyone. 😉
Back home in CA, I would go for drives just for fun. When I lived in Berkeley, I’d often go for drives to get a break from studying when it wasn’t busy outside. Sometimes I’d drive without a destination, or I’d turn up my music, roll the windows down, and feel the breeze. These drives were a nice chance to clear my mind, relieve some stress, and enjoy some time alone with myself–cruisin’.
The weather was so beautiful this week–especially Friday. It was warm and sunny and perfect. Mix that with access to a car and a long, traffic-free drive and you get one of the most enjoyable drives ever! Here are some of the pictures I took on my way to/from a meeting in New Hampshire:
On the train going back to NYC now–rental car, you are missed. It’s interesting comparing the lifestyle in the city to my lifestyle back home. At home, I had the stress outlet of going for a drive alone. Here, I don’t really have that kind of luxury; getting in a car and going for a drive sounds if anything, scary, and it’s not like I can go hop on the subway and feel at peace. Everywhere you go, it’s lots of people, and while I love just that, I also see that the opportunity for solitude just doesn’t exist as much. This is why I’ve been pursuing other avenues to deal with stress, like meditation and exercise.
Anyone else go for drives just to enjoy or relieve stress? And if you live in the city, what kind of things do you do to relieve your stress?