Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Top 3 Things About Commuting

So, as you may know if you follow me on Twitter (@inelegantwench btw) or read my previous post here, I am now commuting from my parents house to my midlands job, a big change from my 10 minute walk to work I was used to for the past 3 and a half years!

So to keep positive I thought i'd write a top 3 post. I quite like making positive lists about things, as it helps me to look on the bright side of not quite as good things!

My banana socks stuck in a motorway traffic jam. I was a passenger at this point, not driving!

1 - The chance to sing as if my life depended on it.

I am certifiably tone deaf (Singstar on the PS2 confirmed what was already suspected by almost everyone I know) and as such I don't subject people to my singing voice any more often than necessary. If i'm trying to explain about a song I don't even sing a bit of it so people know what i'm on about, because i'm that bad. However, when i'm in my car on my own with the music up loud I have no objections to belting out songs at the top of my voice pretending i'm an amazing singer!

It has been scientifically proven that singing releases endorphins, the feel good chemicals that the body releases when exercising or eating chocolate, so it definitely helps to brighten up the inevitable British motorway traffic jams! My personal favourites to belt out are Christina Aguilera and Linkin Park. And I am fully aware I must look mental to people in other cars, but I just don't care, i'm having too much fun!

2 - The time to think.

As I was used to living alone, but i'm now back with my parents, and will be moving in with the Rich when I finally start my new job, i'm relishing the two hours each day I get to just be by myself and think and organise things in my head. I don't know if other people need this time as much as me, but when i'm around people 24/7 I begin to feel a bit mentally cluttered, so after a nice drive I feel refreshed, and able to take on the world again.

Also, it gives me a nice gap between work and home, so by the time I arrive home i've left my working day behind me and can focus my energy on whatever i'm doing that evening, whether it be going to the gym, spending time with loved ones, or just watching TV or a movie, all without that niggling work thing lingering in the back of my head.

3 - Getting to listen to the radio every day.

I love Radio 1. I get bored of listening to the same music all of the time, and get bored of listening to just music, so radio is far better for me than my iPod, unless i'm in a particular mood for a certain band. I also can't stand radio adverts, so for me it's pretty much Radio 1 all the time in my car (the exceptions are the Review show on a Tuesday night, Saturday nights when it becomes 1Xtra, and Matt Edmondson - I just don't get how he's funny...). I love the daytime line up of DJ's right now, and I really enjoy Sunday evenings, so much so that i'll often put it on whilst pottering around the house doing end of the weekend jobs.

I get to keep up to date with new bands and songs, and have a giggle with the presenters and get really involved with the shows as I listen for over two hours each day. I'm so attached to my morning routine now, I think i'd miss it if I suddenly couldn't listen any more!

So. Those are my top 3 things about commuting, I know there are a load more bad things than good about it, but there are some positive things to come out of what most people see as a wholly negative part of my working week!

I'm hoping to maybe make Top 3 Things into a bit of a regular post on the blog, what do you guys think? Good idea? Let me know what your top things about your commute are!

1 comment

  1. Hey hun! You're a no-reply blogger so I can't respond to your comment but I'd love to design your blog! Just send me an e-mail and we can figure out the details.


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