As everyone knows, commuting is typically a massive pain. Whether it’s by public transport or car, travelling 30 minutes or 3 hours. It can just be unnecessarily tedious and extremely tiring.
This is one of the things I came to realise when I decided to commute from Sheffield to University in Derby. Now it’s only half an hour to get from Sheffield to Derby by train which is pretty good. In fact it’s actually less time than it used to take me to get to college last year, and that was in the same city.
However naturally to make my life harder, I don’t live in the centre of Sheffield, I live near Chapeltown so I have to get a train to Sheffield first before getting a train to Derby.
The train rides themselves can be great, quite smooth, peaceful, overall not bad. The problem is the waiting. The trains never seem to coincide well and for anyone who commutes I’m sure you feel the same. The waiting around gets tiring and boring, and the the trains are never on time.
It’s genuinely like they purposely turn up late just to annoy you more. The two trains I get daily are constantly late that now it’s just something I accept, and if it’s on time I actually get so happy.
Commuting isn’t always bad though, I still feel like I made the right decision by not moving away. It gives me time to write and read on the trains there and back, something I struggled to make time for before.
It also allows me a bit of independence, yes I don’t live in Derby and have a place to myself, but it gives me independence to pay for my transport, work out what trains to get, and where to get them to make sure I get the right one. It’s not extremely independent but it’s something and I enjoy that.
If you’re thinking commuting will be easy, I can tell you it’s probably not. It’s tiring, annoying and can be expensive, but it also can be rewarding. It gives you independence, freedom and time to carry out hobbies you may previously struggled to make time for. I don’t regret it, and if you think it’s the right choice for you, even after realising how hard it can be, then it probably will be.