I made the decision yesterday morning since there was still a state of emergency in Oklahoma, Kansas being a mess, and in Missouri they had a no travel advisory.
Making the choice wasn’t easy, but I’m just not interested in getting stranded or in an accident. My ticket was not refundable, and since Greyhound didn’t issue a cancellation notice on their site for leaving Albuquerque this morning, there isn’t a chance of us getting a credit for a later date.
I was able to get a refund on my hotel room though.
I suppose if I had credit cards to rely on I could have taken the chance and gotten on the bus, knowing that if we did get stranded I could stay at a hotel or motel near by. But we made a choice many years ago never to have credit cards (even for emergencies) so throwing caution to the wind doesn’t work for me. It seems so easy doesn’t it? Just get some plastic and all your troubles would be solved. Not so. Unfortunately, credit cards just convey a false sense of security that you can do whatever you want to do…even in a major blizzard (some people are really stupid). In the end, however, you still pay the price.
Beyond the lack of credit cards and unlimited cash supply is the fact that if there were delays in the bus schedule for more than just a few hours, I would totally miss Saturday’s play productions (there are two), especially since the bus doesn’t get into Atlantic City until Saturday morning.
Because we don’t have credit cards we are limited in what and how we do things. Car rental agencies expect a credit card on file. Some hotels and motels as well. Those kinds of limits are a lifestyle choice, and we refuse to be victims to the weather, or any other type of threat. Knowing our own financial limitations keeps us protected especially when the impulse of false security aka credit cards are available at the snap of a wallet fastener.
I don’t have any faith in credit cards, back up money supplies, or false senses of security. It goes against everything we believe in.
Could you do it? Could you live without ANY credit cards? I mean none at all, not even for emergencies. The world-at-large believes we need them to function, but is that the real truth? And, if you choose to live without such things, would you be looked down upon as naive or stupid? Where and in what do we put our faith in?
The reality of our lifestyle choices to work towards being completely 100% debt free, hurts at times, but like any good discipline, we gather wisdom and patience in such things, relying more on God and less on the world.
That is a truth, that in the end, satisfies completely…even when your heart hurts from cancelled plans.