My office changed locations a year ago. I went from a 5.7 mile commute to an 18 mile commute. To get to work, I now ride the bus and train, instead of a bicycle. This results in a substantially longer commute time. My bike time was about 30 minutes each way. My bus and train time is 90 minutes. I certainly didn’t want this change, but I have been trying to make the best of it. So, what do I do with a 3 hour commute each day?
For the past 12 months, I have been commuting to work on the bus and train because my company moved offices. What was a 5.7 mile bicycle commute is now an 18 mile bus and train ride. It has taken a lot of adjustment and requires significantly more time, but it has saved money over driving and my current job is my best work option right now. The commute has also helped me, maybe I could say forced me, to find ways to use my commute time to fill some gaps in my life. Gaps like education, spiritual renewal, physical improvement, and even social skills. So, maybe what started as a “hardship” really is a blessing. However, the story of what I do on my commute is for another time. Today, I want to keep to the commute and what it means to me.