Park the Farthest.
Every time you search for parking, you spend more time in your car, and less time on your feet.
“Habits gradually change the face of one’s life as time changes one’s physical face; and one does not know it.” – Virginia Woolf
When we pulled into the parking lot, the first thing I noticed was all the cars circling near the front of the store, waiting for someone to pull out of a parking space so they could take their spot. Any customers leaving the store were stalked by drivers who would drive slowly behind them, and wait their turn with signal blinking, until the customer left and revealed a briefly-empty parking space for them to pull into.
It was a Saturday morning, the sun was shining, and my kids were eager to get inside and spend their promised time perusing the toy aisle. Instead of joining the queue of stop-and-go traffic in the crowded parking lot, I went straight for the back corner.
There were plenty of open spaces, and I pulled into the one farthest from the entrance, as is my custom. When we entered the store, many of the same cars were still circling like vultures.
How Do You Want To Spend Your Spare Moments?
Many times, you can find a parking spot near the front of the parking lot with minimal effort. Sometimes, it takes some extra time waiting in your car, impatiently glaring at every potential car that could free you from your self-imposed torment.
But if you always park the farthest from the store, you will always add a few extra steps to your lifelong pedometer.
In the end, when the final balance of your life is taken, which will serve you more? An extra few miles walked across parking lots, or an extra few hours searching for parking?
By always parking the farthest from the store, you never need to fret. You never need to struggle impatiently, or duel another driver for a newly opened space, saving yourself plenty of aggravation. The extra dose of minor exercise, another 60-90 seconds of walking outside, is reason enough for me to keep this habit.
It also prevents me from ever getting angry, no matter what I see in a parking lot. Have you ever been angry when you see…
Don’t get angry. Take a walk and ignore it.
This week, try to park the farthest three times.
Not when you’re in a hurry. When you have the time. Just try it and see if you like it. You may find that the extra effort is so minimal, and the extra walk so pleasant, that it is, indeed, worth your time.