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Life is a journey, not a destination

Last week I was approached by a CBC journalist on the street sussing out the Vox Populi. Putting a tape recorder up to my face he asked, “If the city of Edmonton could make one New Year's resolution, what would it be?”
To my surprise, something thoughtful came out of my mouth. I looked briefly around the downtown corner I was standing on and said, “Drive less.”
The longer I thought about it, the more it seemed to resonate. Of course, it's not a new idea. For decades, the Slow Movement has advocated a shift toward slowing down the pace of life. However, it bears repeating here that car culture is still a problem, especially in Edmonton. But, if this city was less dependent on cars, we would walk more and thus would be healthier, more relaxed and less alienated from those around us. The more connected we feel, the more stimulated and creative we will be.
Therefore, I propose we make this resolution together:
I, as a citizen of this great city, will try to drive less often, thereby cultivating a greater sense of belonging and contributing to the greater good.

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