Don’t commute

Posted on August 22, 2013

I hate driving. What do I hate even more than driving? Driving for a long time. My husband and I moved to a Houston suburb two weeks ago. And now, for the first time in my life, I have to drive over 45 minutes to my workplace. I’m doing this because I know it’s only temporary. We are fixing up our house so we can sell it. I can endure anything for a few months. Or can’t I?

Long commutes are bad for you. It’s proven. Research has shown that long commutes contribute to obesity, neck pain, loneliness, divorce, stress, and insomnia. I believe it. I think dealing with my commute would not be so bad if I didn’t have to suffer through stop-and-go traffic so often. You see, my car has a stick shift. I’m no wimp, but I honestly get tired of changing gears. Plus, I like to wear heals. Heals and gear-changing is not comfortable! My anxiety levels raise several notches when I have to deal with this kind of slow traffic. I know this is not good for my health.

Moral of the story: I need to live close to my workplace. This is a personal lesson. You may be fine with commuting. My husband doesn’t mind it. But I never want to do it again. My dream is to live close enough to work that I can walk there. I would rather live in a tiny and expensive place than in a mansion far away. Thoughts?

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