New Glasses

A bifocal corrective eyeglasses lens

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After a visit to a new opticians last week (and a telling off for not going sooner) I am now the proud owner of new reading glasses 😀 I got the telling off as diabetes and glaucoma run in my family and I should be tested every year, it has been four years since my last eye test!

I also got a spanky new pair of driving glasses (I hate bifocals) but I hope never to have to wear them. For someone that has spent most of his life driving professionally that is some statement but I really do not want to drive even a car ever again. No other reason than over the years I’ve grown to really dislike driving.

I think the stress and responsibility of driving a HGV truck for years has taken it’s toll on my nerves (and blood pressure) over the years and now I can’t afford to own a car I’m so much happier in myself. I don’t even think about not having a car, I don’t think about how much easier it would be to go shopping/days out etc if I still had a car. Instead I think about planning my journey to account for the public transport in the city, I allow extra time to get to important meetings and it doesn’t frustrate me one bit that it can take an hour to get from where I live to the other side of the city (about seven miles/15-20 minutes by car in peak traffic).

Now the nice weather is back I’ll soon be checking over my bicycle and I can cycle across the city quicker than traveling by bus, if I were a lot fitter I imagine I could cycle across the city quicker than driving a car plus Norwich is quite cycle friendly with cycle lanes and plenty of cycle parking all around the city and for the most part it is reasonably flat land 😀 with one or two notable exceptions.

I really don’t need a car and neither do the majority of the city populace but there are still plenty of cars about every day.

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  1. I like the freedom that I feel comes with a car, but there is a price. Traffic jams. Other drivers. Red traffic lights. Pedestrians. Animals. Fog.

    As I say, I like the freedom that I feel comes with travelling by public transport.

    • The thing I’ve learned to enjoy most is the reading time I gain every day 😀 I can now be found with my nose in a book every time I’m on the bus which gives me about an hours extra reading every time I go into the city. I could never do that if I had to drive plus of course I’ve had none of those other distractions to look out for.

  2. i’m a bit back and forth on the driving thing…i like the freedom, hate some of the things that go along, but love the security – it means that i don’t have to wait around in the dark for buses and gives me greater control over my time….that being said, i don’t think i could handle the stress of of driving professionally…happy that you have new glasses! new glasses are the best!

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