I tried and I failed. I wanted to live car free, really I did but I just can't seem to make it work where I am in life right now.
In May of 09 my wife was just shy of completing her masters degree and had a job offer from the US government to come to MD (from TN) to work at a good job here. About that same time the company I work for laid off a bunch of employees, myself included. We moved to MD last June and since I lost my company car in the layoff I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try living car free.
Since that time I've been miserable. I've not found a job, I've not made any friends here, and I feel very isolated. I know some will say that I just haven't tried hard enough or that if I haven't made friends I must be introverted or something but I do not believe that is the case. In real life I'm quite extroverted and up until the last 7 months I've never struggled to meet people or maintain normal social friendships.
I think part of the problem may be too much change at once. Instead of just making the change to car free, i had to change every single thing about my life all at once. I lost my car, my job, all my friends and family, I moved 500 miles away to a place where I knew no one except my wife. She had this government job lined up but I'm struggling to find something I can enjoy. I don't want to be a bag boy or fast food clerk and it's very hard to find better jobs without the use of a car to expand the area I can travel to.
I know this forum is really more about people succeeding at car free living than about those of us who've failed but I wondered if anyone else reading this had any similar experiences? I'm currently looking at getting a truck to help me get settled and maybe I'll revisit the car-free lifestyle again in a few years once the rest of my life becomes more stable.