In the UK It’s a different matter. I spend more than 3 hours a day commuting to and from work on an overpriced, slow and very uncomfortable train. Across a very boring dull landscape surrounded by anti-social morons shouting into their phones or subjecting the others to what they’re listening to on their IPODs. Some people refer to these people as commuters, but I think primitive androids is a more accurate description.
I cannot possibly imagine how people do this for most of their working lives. I’ve only been doing this for months and I’m tired already… I can only think it must be that most people doing this do it out of routine, apathy and insular thinking – ‘it’s what all my friends do’ etc etc etc . I cannot believe that anybody enjoys commuting into London by train, so why do it for most of your life?
I’m doing it for the prospects, once I get the opportunity to go elsewhere, I’m gone!
I’ve been trying to work out why when I was in China commuting to work it wasn’t like this for me. In China I had some equally long commutes (sometimes longer) but the difference is that at least there each day was eventful – I would literally see different things each day. It was a learning experience.
Sometimes It was uncomfortable, hot, cramped -often I was wishing the train was faster; but I never felt as if I was wasting my time- the feeling I get here when I’m travelling. I guess the big reason behind this is that I am over familiar with the UK. Being away for a while has given me a wider perception on what life is like in the UK, perhaps It’s realisation of just how rubbish many things actually are in this country.
It is for want of a better word – so incredibly Boring .
Whereas in China I would see things as interesting and different and new, Here everything just blends into a big long smudge. The below picture pretty much sums it all up.