I’ll try to steer clear of the usual self help clichés: Be positive! Make a difference! Yes we can… Cheap self help “philosophy” makes me gag! It’s just that I saw one of our country’s most iconic cars in the street earlier today and it got me into thinking. About my life, my contribution to society yadi yadi yada…
I’ve written about the citroen 2cv several times in the past. Maybe because I have loved this little car my whole life. As a child, it represented utter freedom. For decades, people have used it as their “adventure” car on safaris or on their tours de France. It was everybody’s first car and every single mom had one; and every farmer and every catholic priest and… Oh and the noise it made… That friendly, funny little noise that I could imitate by flapping my lips together when I was playing with my Dinky Toys on the floor of our living room.
It was funny looking to be sure, but it was also affordable, easy and cheap to repair, dependable, resilient, hard working, utterly versatile… The 2cv will forever be part of the French imagery like the old guy on a bike with a baguette under his arm.
Now, ready for the cheap philosophy? Here it comes: I believe that all we need to do in this world is find out what we are really good at and use it to make others’ lives easier and happier.
We don’t need to be rich or good looking to be useful. Caring, fun and dependable will do!
The 2cv wasn’t fast or fancy. But see, it wasn’t built to impress, it was built to serve. That’s probably why we all loved it so damn much…
So when am I buying a lovely little 2cv to add to my car collection? Ha ha, screw that! I’m getting a Porsche!