When I moved back to the Twin Cities, I went from a 15 minute commute (walking along the ocean) to a 30 minute commute (driving my 22-year-old car through heavy traffic).
So I sulked about it a lot and questioned my decision to work in St. Paul and whined to everyone I knew. Eventually my friends nearly went blind from rolling their eyes so hard and I found a few ways to actually not hate that time in the car so much.
5 ways to enjoy your commute (or at least hate it less)
Bring your car up to par
In my case this meant putting in new brake pads, replacing the broken tape player with a functioning cd player (Hello, 21st century!) and finally throwing away all the empty Reese’s Pieces bags.
Get your car detailed, add a new air freshener, make sure the heating and cooling work as well as possible and make sure your seat and steering wheel are in exaaaaactly the right position.
Stop listening to that horrible radio station
I really kind of hate drive time radio … or rather, I hate the only radio station available on my old broken-ass radio. Every morning I found myself listening to The Jonas Brothers and segments like “I used to be hot.” And then my brain melted and ran out of my ear.
You don’t have to listen to rubbish! Get a new stereo system. Subscribe to SiriusXM. Download a million podcasts. Listen to audio books. If you’re really ambitious (or a Virgo) you could even listen to language-learning tapes.
Consider the cutie in the car next to you
That’s right, hottie. I’m winking at you. If they aren’t flirt-worthy, I like to create a back story for them and wonder what drove them to choose that particular bumper sticker.
Choose an alternate route to work
I often find that I’d rather drive 25 mph through a tree-lined, residential neighborhood rife with stop signs than sit in stop-and-go traffic on the highway. I get to my destination in the same amount time, but I don’t feel homicidal when I get there! Use your gps and choose the option that uses surface streets rather than highways.
Experiment with different types of transit
Would you hate your commute less if you took the train and walked 10 blocks? What if you biked? What if you carpooled? You might try them and hate them but you won’t know unless you do! If nothing else, you might discover how much you like your car compared to the #6 bus!
engage in car dancing
or car karaoke, do kegals,
drink something yummy or pretend that you are being interviewed by someone fabulous. I spend large portions of my drive doing this: “Why yes, I have climbed Everest! Funny you should ask!”
How long is your commute? How do you get through it?
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