So I’ll be back on the one-hour, one-way daily commute August 31st. I’m so grateful to be getting out of teaching high school Chemistry and Physics that the commute will be a gift-at least for awhile. But since I know that eventually it will be tough to tolerate the 2 hours daily out of my life (but I’m still home by 5 every day), I’m making a list to look back upon as a reminder.
Here are the positives about having an hour before and after work in my car.
10. Sometimes it’s really fun to stop at a little convenience store and get a yummy snack. I don’t do it all that much, but when I do it’s a treat for the ride home.
9.Plenty of time to think about new blogging and writing concepts.
8. I get to walk in the doors of the building where I worked for 11 years and see the people who have supported me and been like family, since 2 years before my daughter was born. I can’ t tell you how hard it was to leave and how much I’ve missed them.
7. My favorite hairdresser is in the town where I work. Not to mention my gynocologist. Much easier to get to those guys. I need a good haircut. No one is the same as my P.
6. I have plenty of time to mentally organize my life.
5. It keeps me off FaceBook and email for at least two hours a day. Well, sort of…I still receive messages from both on my BlackBerry.
4. Coffee. I get an extra cup on the ride in and get to listen to the news. It’s lovely.
3. It’s great thinking time. I love to reminisce about my past and it’s a long enough time that I can have a good cry if I want and still be presentable by the time I arrive. Sometimes I know I need a bawl session (I am so not a public crier, so this really helps to destress, I know it sounds nuts but having a place for it helps me keep myself together).
2. Music. Music. Music. This 5-10 minute commute has left me no time for one of my biggest loves-my iPod. And NPR. And current radio stations. I can’t wait to listen to music again. I really don’t have many other points in my day where it fits in. Running is about it… and I don’t always run with music.
1. I will be going every day to a workplace I love instead of one I dread before I even set foot in the front doors, and working for a cause I believe in and a place I feel passionate about. I won’t sell out again.