Living and Accepting that Commuter Life

July 10, 2017

Every morning I enter what I think most people have now dubbed the ‘commuter battle ground’. Filled with frustrating slow walkers, people who are quite quick to forget their manners and those that think their bag (especially on a wet and rainy day) is entitled to a seat on the train.

Regarding the latter, I usually ask them if their bag has a ticket… that makes them move it quite quickly. Although I remember once on a busy train from Birmingham to Manchester, a conductor selling a stubborn wanker a ticket for his bag that he refused to move on an over crowded train. The guy paid £120 just to have a bag next to him. With an empty luggage rack above… Maybe he had drugs in his bag? Or some precious Feberge Egg in there…

Commuter Tales MissPond

Generally my mornings involve a fast paced walk to the station, where I religiously then check the board to see how many carriages the train will have. I’ve been caught out too many times when my usual 5 carriage train arrives with only 1 or 2 carriages! I then head to my “spot” and yes, this is exactly what Sheldon himself would do. The spot where I know that the train doors open, to a carriage that usually has available seats and of course my favourite seat. Like a religion I bow down to this worshipful spot.

Lyons Coffee

The only issue with said spot, it would seem that recently two of my fellow commuters have cottoned on to where I stand. These insistent fellow spot worshippers now battle me out every morning for the ample standing place. I generally win because I am small and nimble, the train ninja I like to call myself. I also started leaving the house a bit earlier… Sad really…

Commuter Life MissPond

It’s not all modern warfare this commuting lark though. I have commuters that every morning I say hi too, nod at and make small talk with. It’s not all awful. Especially when the same group of us stick to the same carriage, same train and routine every morning. We’ve been known to rally round when London Midland fuck up the trains, having shared cabs and offered each other lifts home in the past when it’s all gone tits up, as typically we all get the same train home!

I’d like to say my commuting days will be over some day, but as we’ve decided to settle in Worcester I won’t be moving any closer to work any time soon. I’m happy with this though, Worcester is a lovely city and we have a lot of friends here.

So tell me, are you a fellow routine commuter? How do you cope with the morning commute? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Anca July 12, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I love that I don’t have to commute. It’s made my life so much better. Although working from home can have its downsides too.

    • Reply MissPond July 27, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      I’m so jealous! But yeah I did work from home a lot during my PhD and I suffered a little with the lack of interaction.

  • Reply Sophie Elizabeth Bratt July 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Great post, Emma. Love your Insta Stories images with the captions – brilliant 🙂 I’m no longer a commuter. After years working in Manchester and London, I took the leap into freelancing so now my only commute is from bed to desk, which is only a matter of metres. I do remember one time, in central London, trying to get onto an overcrowded tube with all the other commuters. My dolly shoe fell off in the scramble, right down the gap between carriage and platform. So I had to wiggle my way back off the train and see about retrieving it! It’s safe to say, commuter life is not for me, but sounds like the positives out weigh the negatives so that’s good. You can always read on the train too, which is more than you can say for a car commute!

    • Reply MissPond July 27, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you Sophie 🙂 I miss working at home (I did a lot during my PhD). I have become embedded in commuter life, I wear trainers (no dolly shoe incidents here after losing a heel under a train once…) and I have a backpack now, not a handbag. But yes I think in some regards not having to drive at all makes me v happy.

  • Reply The Purley Girly July 11, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I use Southern Trains which have had so many problems over the past year. It’s a nightmare, I dread the journey in and the journey home, my fellow commuters have become a group of selfish and incredibly rude people, everyone out for them self it seems these days – lots of pushing, shoving, jumping the queue. Sigh!

    • Reply MissPond July 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      London Midland are frustratingly awful too. I dread my journeys as well so I feel your pain. I live in quite a ‘rural’ place so when things go to shit we’re often left with no means of getting home…

  • Reply Jennifer July 10, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I am a fellow commuter – to Worcester 3 days a week & Birmingham 2 days. The first commute is fine, but the one to Brum is a nightmare. Or more accurately, the one back is!

    • Reply MissPond July 27, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      It’s always coming home from Brum that is the worst!

  • Reply Holly Unsworth July 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I hate having to commute its actually the most frustrating thing.

    • Reply MissPond July 27, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      It’s frustrating, but sometimes I’m glad I’m not driving!

  • Reply Laura July 10, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    My partner commutes although we have moved a little closer now and besides a 10min walk his train is only 20mins – before it was 55mins so thats a big cut down. It is stressful though and people do become really difficult about bags and what not.

    Laura x

    • Reply MissPond July 27, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      I’m quite lucky that it’s one train for me. It’s just the lack of humanity most people seem to have when travelling…

  • Reply Ashleigh Dougherty July 10, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Commuting is the worst! I used to do it into Central London and had so many dangerous experiences! People are wild in the mornings!

    • Reply MissPond July 27, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      I have experienced London commuting, it’s something I don’t really want to do often!

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