The term uber used to mean outstanding, then it was associated with the car service, now it means the disruption of an old industry with new technology and practices. Or at least it does to me when I think of how the uberfication of my life has actually improved things.You don’t need big bucks to start uber-fying your life. Changes to your lifestyle can provide the catalyst to a better well-being.
Let’s start with the O.G. – Uber itself. I was an early adopter and I can tell you that I honestly really loved it. Before Uber, I would *sometimes* get picked up by cabs. Being a women and a minority, it was hard to admit that maybe people didn’t want to pick me up because of the way I looked or dress (which is not like a bum…I assure you). So when Uber came along, I happily gave my c/c info to anyone who would be willing to just pick me up and take me home/grocery store/bar/board gaming night. We loved each other, but then Uber got a bit bigger, the quality went down and I decided to leave. To their credit, they tried to make it work, but it wasn’t until I was overseas that I fell in love with them again.
That simple, easy-going quality that first drew me in, I found in the drivers abroad. I made friends with some and it really felt like a community of people doing someone else a solid. Good vibes all around. When I returned to the States, I tried them again and found that a lot of the quality issues had been ironed out.It really helped too because even as I passenger I experienced road rage and don’t even get me started on work rage! LOL! No one wants to deal with traffic, crowds and people when they are stressed and tired. Just being able to tap three times and like magic, call my own carriage to take me to the ball had me feeling like Cinderella everyday.
Since I don’t pay for car insurance ($$$), don’t have to pay for maintenance ($$$$) and don’t own a car ($$$$$), I’m literally saving thousands of dollars. That gets put into a general transportation fund, which essentially pays for my trips on Uber. It also pays for my rides on the train and for any other public transportation system I use. Anything that’s worthwhile is worth waiting for and I’m glad I gave them a second chance. That first ride back from the airport, stepping out into the cold San Francisco night and having that lovely elderly man smile and say, “I think I’m going to wait here until you I know you’ve gotten inside” sparked a desire to disrupt all the areas in my life.
So once I had a budget for transportation, I looked at meals. I was too tired to cook after working and so hungry when I got home. Plus having to coordinate grocery shopping without a car was a pain. I didn’t want to do it every weekend. That’s when I found Munchery and basically built into my grocery budget the cost of home delivered meal. Pre-cooked, same day, totally fresh and so good. I just re-heat and BAM – my family has a meal without the stress, effort and all while knowing exactly what we’re eating, where it came from and how it was prepared. Half the week is Munchery, the other half is cooking at home and on the weekends, I prep for the next week. Less time in the grocery stores, same budget, but now I don’t need money for gas. My love affair with Munchery is worthy of an entire blog post in itself. That and Zappos, because honestly…I didn’t realize how much I liked shoes until I could buy pretty much any pair for my hobbit feet through them, but I digress.
What started as a service, turned into a trend and is now just a way of life. This is how technology changes the way we behave and I love it. Let’s disrupt cable, let’s disrupt cell phones, email – heck – plug me into the Matrix so I can make virtual milkshakes on a holo-projector on the Enterprise! Okay, maybe that is a bit much, but honestly, I for one, am a much happier person because of my uberfied lifestyle.