Six weeks ago I left my job as an Editor for a digital marketing agency, and with it, changed my commute. Gone are the 45+ minute drives through rolling countryside, busy towns and train crossings, and instead I now enjoy a 25 minute walk through the town I call home. I pass cricket fields and allotments, train stations and high street shops, and I nod at the same few friendly faces most mornings.
With 32 morning walks under my belt, I can now estimate my punctuality (or tardiness) by the location at which I pass various individuals. I should be saying good morning to the man who (I think) works at the factory by no later than 8 o’clock, and the family that live behind me should be half way down the road by the time I reach them. I’m late if I’m not cutting through the train station by 10 past the hour, and if I haven’t seen the woman who ignores me e.v.e.r.y s.i.n.g.l.e d.a.y by the time I reach the allotments, I definitely need to step on it.
It’s this total trip of around 10,000 steps a day that’s keeping me fitter and happier, and I love watching the changing weather as I stretch my legs in daylight. Really, it’s the fact I have a reason to move that I enjoy the most – even more than the mini music videos I imagine playing in my head to accompany the songs I’m listening to. (Featuring yours truly, of course). I haven’t mentioned the soggy jeans in the rain, the never-ending battle between my hair and the wind (the wind is winning), and the fact I seem to be wearing the heels of my shoes down at such a rate I’ll need new boots before long. But all in all, I wouldn’t swap it for the world.
I’m interested to know – what do you like about your commute? And what does it involve?