This morning, I met one of my friends at the trolley station to get a tour of the trolley system here in San Diego. He is a fellow brain tumor survivor, but a lot more experienced than me! He has figured out how to transport himself around the city… PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION! Sounds obvious, but with physical impairments it’s no easy task! I will admit that I’m unfamiliar with public transportation because it was never an option for me once I got my drivers license as a teenager. Things would be different if I lived in New York City, but I’ve always been used to going where I want/when I want. For five years I’ve felt like a prisoner in my own home. I could only leave when someone picked me up or if one of my parents dropped me off where I wanted to go. I felt like I have regressed to the dorky junior high version of myself. Public transportation is the best option for me right now since I’m still not ready to drive. Getting your drivers license is a rite of passage for teenagers. Getting around town on my own was a new rite of passage for me. The mobility scooter (AKA “mAss Kicker Mobile, MKM”) has helped tremendously in regaining my freedom, but I do not want to get too comfortable in it. I eventually want to get around large distances without the MKM. I feel like I can finally rejoin the world! Energy conservation vs mobility vs in-coordination/balance are the issues that I’m trying to figure out… for now the MKM and trolley are the best solutions. Driving will be an option that I will revisit once I address the above issues. Until then, I’ll have to experiment with the bus system in San Diego as well! FREE AT LAST!