Thankfully my amazing network of friends and family members don't seem to mind too much. I rely on them almost completely to get to places like the grocery store, preschool, and doctor's appointments. Being so dependent on others has been by far one of the most difficult adjustments to make in regards to my vision loss. Every time we go anywhere requires planning ahead, organizing, and arranging and since these are not my strongest character traits I often drive myself and my loved ones crazy with frantic last minute cries for help. Thankfully they love me enough to put up with this - over and over again.
But I am ridiculously proud and there is still a big part of me that hates to inconvenience anyone so I limit these requests to "needs" as much as possible. I've had to accept that the days are gone where I can just pick up and go wherever strikes my fancy but it makes me sad. Maybe it's because I spend the majority of time with an extremely stubborn 3 1/2 year old, but I want to do what I want, when I want to do it, and not worry about how it affects anyone else. Except Emy, because what I really wanted to do was sign her up for a Thursday morning gymnastics class.
So I did.
And this is where Uber comes in. Have you heard of Uber? It's AMAZING! It's an app, a transportation service, and my ticket to a little more freedom all rolled into one. I've been hearing fantastic things about this company for years but was a little reluctant to give it a go. Would it really be as easy as I'd heard? Would the cars have the LATCH system so I could safely hook up E's car seat. Would they give me trouble about traveling with a young child? The answers were yes, yes, and not a bit!
All I did was set up the app on my phone and request a car.
|Screen shot of the app from my phone|
Emy and I have had great adventures that day. After gymnastics we walked a couple blocks to have lunch at one of our favorite restaurants downtown and then we contacted Uber again and grabbed a ride home. Easy as could be. And relatively affordable. Of course Uber costs money, all transportation does. But is the cost of feeling a greater sense of independence is something I'm totally down with.
|Emy showing off her suburb balancing skills.|
|Waiting for Uber|