Commuting to London? You should read this

On my journey back to Canterbury from London

London

London is the dream of most of us, London is the capital of the world for many, with lots to see, multicultural environment and amazing entertainment choices, it is one of the most attractive places to visit worldwide.

After have been traveling at the beginning of the year, I came back and I did not have another choice than seeking again for a job to recover financially, hence I decided to work few days a week at hospitality events. Coming back is refreshing as I now see even more attractive the beautiful town where I live, Canterbury.

Therefore, working in London, but why? I am commuting as it takes a bit longer to find a part-time job here in Canterbury but is not impossible so I am doing the “London thing” as Brits call it.

London journey reflection

On my journey back to Canterbury, I met an acquaintance, who also commutes weekly to London to work. This coincidental encounter triggered this reflection in my mind; we were so happy talking about how lovely was to be back home.

On the other hand, this conversation made me have deep thoughts on how we value things in our life when we don’t have them when we can’t have them.

How lovely it was to be able to see again the green landscapes and feel the nature in the air, certainly there are people or perhaps you that  love a city environment, there are many city lovers and I see I was one of them but when I moved to Canterbury the simplicity of a smaller place became a priority for me.

I relate to all those who commute daily and feel the overwhelming feeling, I honestly admire those who do but I encourage you to ask yourself is this my priority in life? Is it to live or to strive to live?

There is a difference between working to live and living to work and I decided for the first one. I quit this job and found another gig in the area where I live, no stress, no long commutes anymore, so you deserve it too! as long as you can prioritize your well-being your life will certainly be better!

Have you tried to negotiate with your boss, working from home? maybe on a part time basis?

Have you tried to find a similar role or another company with more flexibility in terms of commuting and days in the office?

The quietness of Canterbury compared to the noisy, crowded streets of London has made me crave for peace and quietness, and those are vital for our well-being. I am pretty sure nobody likes long commuting every day or sweating like a pig in the underground, nobody can like those!

I am pretty sure nobody likes long commuting every day or sweating like a pig in the underground, nobody can like those!

Are you tired of the dynamics of commuting? How many hours do you spend every day commuting?

Is commuting really necessary when you perhaps could combine office days and work from home?

Imagine having more time to pursue your hobbies, spend with loved ones if you would not commute that much, workers spend tons of time on trains and that is not even paid! STOP and think about yourself first, coz I can assure you most bosses will never do.

STOP and think about yourself first, coz I can assure you most bosses never will.

“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”

Danielle Laporte

 

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