“Dude, you really need a car. And a dog. But work on the car first.”
My very bestest friend in the world has seen me in my finest and on the worst of days. She is the only person who knows every dark secret and innermost thought, and so, when she gives advice, I listen.
“I know,” I conceded, picking at my taco salad. Sophia and I are about as opposite as they come but we have always been united by our love of food. “I just… I didn’t think it would be this difficult to get around.”
“Welcome to the suburbs.”
I’ve lived in Montclair for all of two months now and have had some time to figure out the lay of the land and meet the neighbors. I’ve had a chance to fall asleep to crickets, check out the local shops, walk to the Whole Foods, and frequent my local library. I love it here. The energy, the people, the soft pulse.
But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that there have been some growing pains. I’ve experienced an enormous lifestyle change in the past few months and I have been feeling lonely and sometimes lost without the constant hum of the city. I am accustomed to getting around everywhere by train and on foot, and I’m starting to realize that my options are somewhat limited here without a set of wheels. I rely heavily on the kindness of my boyfriend who drives me to the bank once a week so I can deposit my paycheck and the friends who pick me up from train stations like I’m 16 all over again. I hate being dependent on anyone for anything. It’s about time I man up and get my ass to a dealer. Or shop around on Craigslist for a functioning automobile that isn’t sold by a serial killer.
I’m hoping that Sophia is right and this is just a matter of feeling a little stuck geographically.
Once I return from Ireland (and before the winter really sets in), I’d like to pick up a car so that I can take a road trip if needed or a trip down the shore when I want to get away to do some writing/reflecting. I’m excited about the possibilities that exist with car ownership. And dog ownership. But that’s another blog post for another day.
Hope all is well with you, my sweet ones! Will be making my rounds shortly.