Why you should wash your car
It doesn’t matter if it’s a skadonk Toyota or shmancy BMW. If you own a car, it’s special to you, you give it a name and it’s no longer just a car! It’s a he or a she, it becomes part of your family; it’s your baby.
So why not spend some quality time with it and wash it yourself? I hear you gasp: “What? Wash it myself? But why, when I can conveniently drive it somewhere and pay someone else to wash it for me?”
Well while I understand that not everyone is a DIY kind of person, I urge you to try, at least once, because:
- You will save money!
- You will save petrol
- You will gain a sense of pride by having a clean car
- It’s a great work out
- You can say YOU washed it YOURSELF, with your own blood, sweat and tears*
*Don’t forget to add soap and water.
A great deal of calm comes from washing your car
That time you spend alone can be so liberating. It gives you an opportunity to zone out, it forces you to think about things that you’ve been putting off and at the end of it, you’ll have a clean car PLUS the added benefits above.
Apart from that, the reason why I urge you to do this laborious task is more than it appears. Indeed it’s amazing how much the invention of cars has improved our lives. It’s just a quick drive to the nearby shop for chocolate and wine (or bread and milk, if you will) and it’s about a day and a half long drive from Joburg to Cape Town. Imagine how long it would take to walk that distance.
Advancements in technology interest me incredibly and I was quite saddened to hear about the AIDS researchers who died on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 when it was shot down. The world lost a great number of incredible people who have and would have continued to push the limits of what is possible in terms of modern day medicine. Unfortunately it was also an advancement in technology: ammunition – that led to its demise.
I’m sure that we’ve all already taken advantage of technology in an unhealthy way. If you are constantly checking Facebook, watching YouTube videos, perusing Pinterest for hours or texting while on a date – you’ve taken it too far. It becomes tiring for your body and taxing on your mind. Are you dreaming about Candy Crush yet?
Just stop for a minute
Wash your car (this may take more than a minute), read a book, maybe write a book, make up a song or cook something new. Just take a step back.
We believe that the internet makes the world smaller because it’s now easier to connect with people from all over the globe, instantly. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Email, Whatsapp, and the list goes on. In reality, people are moving further away from each other; in fact we are in danger of losing touch with the real world. This earth we live on believe it or not, is actually a really big place – so why not explore it?
Although we can appreciate what instant communication and online connections have to offer, we cannot lose sight of what is most important. We are not computers, we are people. Be careful of becoming so immersed in the digital world, that you no longer remember how to live in the real world or how to make real life connections with people. People who, sometimes feel emotions that may not be logical, people who have a conscience and consciousness – that machines do not have.
We are these people. We live in a world with real issues, trials and successes. I’m not saying ‘disconnect’ completely, because that’s impossible. The fact that we can instantly send and receive messages with people via various mediums of communication is great!
There’s no denying that we have to be contactable in some way, for family emergencies and work purposes. But in this technological age, if you don’t exist online in one form or another it’s already considered as though you don’t exist at all. Living, breathing and working in the business of advertising, I know how important it is for businesses and individuals to be able to connect in these various ways; especially as social media continues to become an even greater tool for businesses and consumers to interact with each other at a different level.
Imagine if we still had to send letters to our loved ones to organise social gatherings
It would probably take months to get it together, especially with OUR postal system. Yet still, the ability to create something with my hands: write, draw or paint – is amazing! I can’t, in my mind, imagine living in a paperless world.
Finishing any project that you start comes with that sense of achievement and happiness. Like cleaning for instance; I actually enjoy. Maybe it’s because I’m a germaphobe, but I’d like to think it’s because I make up songs about what or how I’m cleaning. I amuse myself trying to make things rhyme, sometimes really great songs come out and I’m surprised. I hardly ever remember these songs, otherwise I’d obviously be a millionaire singer/songwriter by now. Probably more like The Lonely Island kind or Ylvis. But still.
Sometimes when my mind wanders, I make up words that make so much sense! For example: Twitter + Pinterest = Twinterest. Another social media platform, but only for twins. Genius, isn’t it? Well, it would be if it served any real purpose haha. The point is, give yourself a break from the digital life. Maybe have a Kit-Kat, I don’t know, whatever floats your boat. Just give yourself a chance to experience a little bit of life; a little bit of MAGIC.
On that note, your car is not going to wash itself
The same principle applies with money: you appreciate it more if you’ve earned it and you think more wisely about how you’ll use it.
So I leave you with this golden piece of advice:
Wash your own damn car every now and then.
Disclaimer: When I first wrote this post I found the image inspiration from all over the web and I’m not sure where most of it originated, so if you see something here that’s your original design, please send me a message and I will credit you where relevant.
(Edited and republished. Originally posted on my old blog: Peaches and Pie)